Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ten-Year Plan Proposed to Transform Troubled Street ; Politicians Play Down 'No Go' Reputation of Moston Lane but Admit It Needs 'Sprucing Up'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ten-Year Plan Proposed to Transform Troubled Street ; Politicians Play Down 'No Go' Reputation of Moston Lane but Admit It Needs 'Sprucing Up'

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LONG-TERM plans to sort out troubled Moston Lane are set to be discussed by politicians and council chiefs.

The two-mile thoroughfare has seen a police operation to clamp down on illegal 'drinking dens' and prostitution.

A church also recently shifted its evening Mass saying the Moston streets were too dangerous at night for parishioners.

Politicians and police have played down talk of Moston being a 'no go area' but talks have now begun on a 'five to 10-year plan' for the Lane.

It is understood there had been early talks of Compulsory Purchase Orders being used to clear certain properties but the idea is unlikely to be progressed.

MP Lucy Powell, whose Manchester Central constituency spans around half of the Lane, said the challenge was to give the street a new identity in the wake of its former heyday as a shopping hub.

She said: "We can all get nostalgic about the changing face of high streets but we need to look towards the future.

"We typically no longer have local high streets with the butcher, the baker, the grocer. …

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