Documentary evidence of support for Alexandra Park Development

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Dear Manchester City Council,

Please provide copies of all minutes of consultation events and any other documentation to support the claim that the majority of residents support the current Alexandra Park Plans and specifically when the issue of felling numbers have been discussed and supported by residents.

Yours faithfully,

Rionne Avis

Manchester City Council

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Re: Request for Information - Reference No: NBH/94LGU7

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Dear Manchester City Council,

Re: Request for Information - Reference No: NBH/94LGU7

It is now two weeks since a response to my freedom of information request was due as per your own letter dated 4th February to my request of the same day.

Please can you provide a response to my request as a matter of some urgency.

Yours faithfully,

Rionne Avis

Manchester City Council

Dear Ms Avis

Thank you for your email.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing a response to your
request. I will make enquiries with the department providing the
information to establish when the Council will be able to issue you with a

Cath Cryer
Information Compliance Unit
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Albert Square
M60 2LA

Email: [Manchester City Council request email]

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Manchester City Council

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Dear Rionne Avis,

Re: - Freedom of Information Request – Reference Number: NBH/94LGU7

Thank you for your request for information, which was received by
Manchester City Council on 04 February 2013. The Council has considered
the information requested and is satisfied that it falls within the broad
definition of “environmental information” in the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIR). The Council has therefore considered your request
for information under the provisions of the EIR.

I set out below your request for information and the Council’s response to
your request:

Copies of all minutes of consultation events and any other documentation
to support the claim that the majority of residents support the current
Alexandra Park Plans and specifically when the issue of felling numbers
have been discussed and supported by residents.

In response to your request I can confirm the following:


The plans for the regeneration of Alexandra Park evolved out of many
discussions and consultations over a number of years with a wide range of
stakeholders, communities and park users.

The discussions and consultations explored the concerns and aspirations
that this diverse spread of people had for the Park, and over time, taking
account of all these interest groups together with budget capacity,
realistic plans emerged for the creation of a 21st century public space
that retains the integrity of its original design, while accommodating the
needs and wants expressed throughout the consultation.

Proposals for the regeneration of Alexandra Park started in 1999/2000 when
the Moss Side Regeneration Company funded a feasibility study for the
restoration of the Park as part of the initiative to improve the Moss Side

The importance of the restoration of Alexandra Park to the delivery of the
City Council’s Community Strategy was acknowledged and consultation about
the Park with its communities, on and off site, started in 2004/05.
Surveys were carried out by consultants Arts Business Ltd and the report is
summarised in Document Alexandra Park Summary of Consultation Activity
2010.doc. The original report from this work is not available.

The feasibility study had identified that significant funding would be
necessary to improve the Park’s facilities and in 2004/05 this was not
available within the City Council, so the project was put on hold at that

Early in 2008 it was decided that a limited amount of funding from within
the City Council would be available for restoration and discussions with
the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) indicated that they would be sympathetic to
a bid for the remainder.

A small amount of consultation with the Park’s communities about its
regeneration carried out by a consultant Graham Barrow Associates, the
results of which and fed into the 2008 Audience Development Plan that was
submitted in support of the 2008 HLF bid. The raw data from this
consultation is not available, but the Audience Plan is available on

In 2008 an online survey about all of Manchester’s parks was carried out
and the findings from that survey also fed into the 2008 HLF bid. The full
report is Document Final Report Parks Online Survey 2008.pdf

The bid for funds from Heritage Lottery Fund that was submitted in December
2008 was unsuccessful.

With support from local Councillors, the decision was made to bid to HLF
again and further consultation with local people about their aspirations
for the park was carried out in 2009 by consultants Morris Hargreaves
McIntyre. The City Council does not hold the raw data from this
consultation but the Round One HLF application that was submitted in March
2010 describes the response. Document Extract from Round One HLF

Following the submission of the Round One bid a consultation event called
Spaceshaper was held in July 2010: Document – Alex Park Spaceshaper report
July 2010.pdf

Success of the Round One bid was announced in June 2010 following which
conversations took place with the Friends group, community groups and
sports clubs to feed into the initial proposals for the regeneration
project. No formal record of these conversations exists.

In January 2011 the detailed consultation on the proposals started and
included the activity shown below. Where appropriate, comments from
consultation are contained in the documents named:

1. The Alexandra Park web pages were created where news of the project and
its plans were displayed;
2. A press release announcing the consultation exercise and asking for
people’s responses to the proposals was issued on January 5 2011 and picked
up by MEN.
Document – News Release January 2011.doc
3. The People’s Panel was set up – an email list of park users, residents
and stakeholders who had indicated from previous consultation exercises
that they wanted to be involved. This list started at around 30 people and
following publicity in press and around the park grew to almost 300.
Between February and May emails were sent to the People’s Panel asking for
comments on the proposals as shown in the following list. The responses to
the requests are shown in the documents named.
The Restoration Masterplan – 4 February 2011
Documents – email response #_ Masterplan

Notice of 5 March 2011 consultation event – 8 February 2011

The Interpretation scheme - 24 February 2011
Documents – email response#_Interpretation
Document – Alexandra Park Interpretation Plan

Use of Buildings -2 March 2011
Documents – email response#_Buildings

Children’s Play – 23 March 2011
Documents – email response#_Play

Character Areas in the Park – 26 April 2011
Documents – email response#_Zoning
Document – Character Area responses.pdf

Interpretation Scheme #2 – 4 May 2011
Documents – email response #_Interpretation

Notification of online survey, mirroring the onsite survey -
12 May 2011

4. On 5 March a consultation event was held in the park. The event was
publicised in the press (see,
through the people’s panel and with posters in the park.
About 100 people attended
Document -March5thposter.doc
Document - Comments from 5 March consultation event.pdf

5. In May 2011 a formal onsite survey was carried out.
Document – Alexandra Park Survey – Feedback report, Aug
Document – Visitor Survey comments #1
Document – Visitor Survey comments #2

6. In May 2011 banners were flown along Princess Road to publicise the bid
proposals and the website and posters and postcards were distributed to
community organisations around the park.
Document – Promotional material.doc

7. The Development Officer produced a summary of the consultation activity
in May 2011
Document – Progress Report May 11V3.doc

8. On 6 June the Development Officer was interviewed about the bid on
Peace FM
Document – Peace FM Interview.pdf

9. In July 2011 a report on Schools needs and wants from the Park was
produced from all of the consultation that had taken place.
Documents – Schools consultation#1-5.pdf

10. Parent and Toddler consultation was carried out:
Document – Parent & Toddler consultation.pdf

11. The park’s fishing community was consulted
Document – Fishing.pdf

12. The potential community use of restored buildings was explored:
Document – Community Use of Buildings.pdf

13. The young Asian community were consulted:
Document - Youth on Solid Ground.pdf

(See attached file:

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Yours sincerely

Eunice Long
South Area Manager
Community and Cultural Services

Customer & Community Engagement Team
Neighbourhood Services
Manchester City Council
Level 7, Wenlock Way Offices
Wenlock Way, West Gorton
Manchester, M12 5DH

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