The week ahead – @ClimateEmergMcr bulletin abt #Manchester #climate stuff Feb 15th

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Climate Emergency Manchester news

In case you missed it – we kinda sorta won. Last Tuesday at Resources and Governance, various councillors – including the Leader-since-1896-Richard-Leese – were competing with each other to say how much they agreed that scrutiny of climate change needed to be better. We proposed a seventh scrutiny committee. It seems likely that instead there will be a rearranging of the existing six.  You can read our brief press release here, or read the annotated transcript here. See coverage from the Manchester Evening News and The Meteor.

We will be telling more about the recommendations journey towards full Council on Weds 31 March – and how you can help – soon.

As if that wasn’t enough, we also reported on all six of the scrutiny committee meetings, had a letter in the MEN and published a Dave Spart rant about the Manchester Science Festival.

This week we will report on the Art Gallery committee, no longer be aimless, and also publish an interview with the very important Wythenshawe Safespots charity (they are a domestic abuse support network). Other things will crop up too.

If you want to get involved in what we do – and you don’t need to be an “expert” in anything – please do get in touch via

Council news

Three meetings of interest this week. Links take you to agendas, and within them you find links to be able to watch online…

  • Weds 17 February, 9.30am The annual Art Gallery committee meeting (the report has climate change mentions
  • Weds 17 February, 2pm The ten member Executive meets
  • Thurs 18 February, 9.30am Planning and Highways Committee – various controversial skyscrapers on the agenda. Expect some councillors to wring their hands and/or phone it in from Milton Keynes.

Dates for your diary

  • Friday 5 March -Budget Council (the meeting of Full Council where they sign off on a budget that spreads the latest Tory cuts in various ways. See budgets 2011 onwards).
  • Monday 8 March , 8pm – CEM’s next online meeting.  And believe it or not, you will come away more connected and energised than at the start, or your money back!  (Free event).  Email us for the webex link –
  • Wednesday 31 March, 10am – meeting of Full Council, where proposals for massively improved climate scrutiny may be a) presented and b) agreed.

Local stuff worth reading

Andrea Sandor in The Mill on the Levenshulme Traffic calming imbroglio

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