Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Thousands Sign Petition against Car Park Plans

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Thousands Sign Petition against Car Park Plans

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TOWN hall plans to turn the former Central Retail Park into a car park are being opposed by thousands of people - who say that the proposal is hypocritical weeks after the council declared a climate emergency.

What More than 5,000 people have signed a petition that calls for the council to scrap its plans for a temporary car park at the site in Ancoats, and instead build a 10-acre green community space.

you Write to: M.E.N, House, Oldham, Or email: @men-They say: "Manchester city council has declared a climate emergency, and has committed to reducing carbon emissions. Building a huge car park that will increase pollution is in direct contradiction to this." The town hall argues that the site is already used as a car park - and that the planning permission it's applying for is only temporary.

Last month, councillors voted to declare a climate emergency, saying they would also look at bringing forward their zero-carbon target.

The council's planning application is due to be heard by the town hall's planning panel on August 22.

The town hall has asked permission to create a 440-space car park at the site, previously home to Toys R Us, Mothercare and Argos. The retail park was demolished in May.

According to planning documents, it would only function as a car park for up to five years. The council has bigger plans for the site, with the land earmarked for offices.

do think? Until developers Viewpoints, Mitchell Henry Hollinwood Ave, OL9 8EF viewpoints come forward with plans for the site, the council wants to turn it into a public pay and display car park, which would be open Monday-Sunday all hours.

But the petition, which was launched a week ago and which currently has 5,118 signatures, says: "If the car park is built, there will be around 1,000 cars moving in and out onto already-busy Great Ancoats Street. …

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