An official call for an integrated transport system across Greater Manchester has been signed off by city-region leaders. In a week that saw Andy Burnham call for Northern to be stripped of its rail franchise, the combined authority agreed to respond to a national review by making further calls for devolved powers. More central funds for rough sleeping initiatives and reforms to the justice system were also discussed at Friday’s meeting of the combined authority. Here is a round-up of key decisions, including a succinct update on how Brexit is going. Rough sleeping More than £500k from central government will be shared across six districts as part of the Rough Sleeper Initiative. GM mayor Andy Burnham told colleagues Manchester, Salford, Tameside and Wigan received cash from the same Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) fund last year and a further bid had been successful. The funds will therefore be distributed between the remaining six GM areas, … [Read more...] about The big decisions affecting Greater Manchester explained in full
From the violent dad-of-four who pimped a young woman to a different man every hour - to the man who sparked a bomb alert when he told officers he had a grenade and gun , it has been another varied and busy month in the region's courts. These are just some of the court cases our reporters have covered in May - as well as cases from across the boarder. An open, transparent criminal justice system is an important part of how our democracy works - so we make no apologies for devoting so much time and resources to letting you know what happens in our publicly-accountable courts. And we'll be back for more next month as well as our weekly coverage which you can find in our courts section. The 'arrogant' paedophile who pretended to be teenager and tried to lure 14-year-old girl into sexual activity A paedophile was caught when police discovered he had been posing as a teenager, trying to incite a 14-year-old girl into sexual activity. Neil Walsh, 41, was jailed at Manchester Crown Court on … [Read more...] about The criminals put behind bars in Greater Manchester last month
Manchester has lost some big bar and restaurant names in May, with Jamie's Italian and The Birdcage both shutting up shop, and Tiger Tiger soon to slink off from The Printworks. It's not all doom and gloom, though. A new Garden of Eden-themed bar and restaurant is already lined up to replace Tiger Tiger and there's plenty more new arrivals to look forward to across the city and beyond as summer sets in. From Viking-inspired tapas (you heard) to a pizzeria finally bucking the Neapolitan trend, here's our pick of the best new restaurants and bars to try around Greater Manchester this June. Thai Kitchen No 6, Manchester city centre Situated in the spot previously occupied by vegetarian restaurant 1847 is this new family-run Thai restaurant. Tucked away off King Street, its menu includes dishes such as stir-fried squid with salted eggs, crispy fried mussel pancakes, alongside curries and noodle and rice dishes. It's already had glowing endorsements from customers including … [Read more...] about New Greater Manchester restaurants and bars to try in June 2019
Nigel Farage’s insurgent Brexit Party has swept to victory in the north west and much of Greater Manchester, while the Lib Dems saw a renaissance - but Tommy Robinson lost his deposit. The former UKIP leader’s new anti-EU party will send three MEPs to Brussels in the wake of the 2019 European elections from a standing start, including the highly controversial Claire Fox, who had been heavily criticised for failing to condemn the IRA’s 1993 Warrington bombing. SEE FULL RESULTS BELOW While the six-week-old Brexit Party polled a third of the vote, the Lib Dems also saw a significant bounce of 11 per cent, winning two new seats, while the Greens took a north west seat for the first time. As a result Labour and the Tories were squeezed hard on both sides, losing roughly 12 per cent of their vote share each. The Tories lost both their seats, Labour lost one and UKIP vanished from the map. In Greater Manchester, the Brexit Party beat Labour into second place in six out of … [Read more...] about What are the Greater Manchester European Election 2019 results?
Air pollution is Greater Manchester’s number one environmental public health problem – and it's time for change. With a focus on the need to protect our health and for a cleaner environment, Greater Manchester leaders have set out ambitious proposals to improve air quality. Take a closer look at what the plans could mean for you and how to get your voice heard. Why do we need a Clean Air Plan? Across the UK more than 60 areas have been instructed by government to improve air quality. Greater Manchester is one of those after more than 250 locations on around 150 roads were identified as needing action. This is to help meet the legal limits for harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions which are often highest by busy roads and in large urban areas. It is well documented that NO2 can be harmful to your health, causing shortness of breath and coughing as it inflames the lining of the lungs. Older diesel vehicles are the main source of road-based NO2 emissions in Greater … [Read more...] about What is the plan for Greater Manchester to have cleaner air?