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(en) UK, Manchester Anarchist News - MAN #3 - Piccadilly Gardens Rip Off

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Date Fri, 4 Jun 2004 08:30:57 +0200 (CEST)


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"The new gardens have a sense of emptiness.
No matter which way you look, you can't get
away from the concrete wall". Manchester
Piccadilly gardens was originally a clay pit.
In late 18th century Lord Moseley donated the
land to the people of Manchester for public use.
An infirmary was built there with landscaped
public gardens. Extensive bombing during the war
cleared the site of buildings but the gardens
survived.

In the 50's and 60's it was a popular space
where public events were held and families
enjoyed the gardens. Since then the City
Council allowed the gardens to decline.
Even after Metrolink arrived in 1992, the
gardens were left to deliberately deteriorate
so the ground (by now potentially a valu-
able commodity) could be sold.

A public consultation exercise was carried
out before the redevelopment began. Peo-
ple were asked to contribute to comment
books. 99% of people did not want any
building on Piccadilly gardens.

So the City Council went ahead, stole the
land of people in Manchester and sold a
third of Piccadilly to build the office block
Piccadilly One'.

The original plans passed for the
development' included moving the tram
lines to make up for the lost garden space
and creating horticultural gardens on the
site. Unsurprisingly this hasn't happened.


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