Parsonage Gardens earmarked for regeneration

Manchester City Council hopes to draw up a masterplan including rejuvenation of Parsonage Gardens in the city centre, with Deloitte appointed to advise.

It is understood that the project, should it go ahead, would be the first in a series of redevelopments of small garden sites. Similar areas include Sackville Gardens, which is located between Manchester College’s Shena Simon Campus, Whitworth Street and Sackville Street, and St John’s Gardens, which lies off Lower Byrom Street behind the ABC building on Quay Street, although the council declined to say at this stage which other locations it was exploring.

A draft framework is due to be discussed at the city council’s executive meeting on 12 February. Details have yet to be revealed.

If the proposals for Parsonage Gardens, which sits behind the House of Fraser between Deansgate and Parsonage, is approved, the council would launch a consultation to gather public opinion on the designs.

Deloitte declined to comment on the project.

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Good stuff. This space is very under used.


Absolute nonsense, they will do nothing

By Dan

I’m beginning to wonder if certain parts of MCC are unaware that there are other (and better) advisors out there than Deloitte?

By MancLad

MancLad – feel the same, but they wont.

By Bert

Something needs to be done, perhaps though the problem is with MCC. If there is one thing Manchester can’t do well, it’s parks and public green spaces. Whether it’s Sackville Gardens, Parsonage, Vimto, St John’s, Castlefield Urban Heritage park, the area around the canals and riverside, it’s all overgrown, poorly maintained and full of litter. Even most of the suburban parks suvive these days on free labour by the public donating their time. So something really needs to be done here


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By Sten

Would not have thought it is a priority. Already one of the better spaces in the city centre, paths, borders and some of the planting might need some attention but please don’t ruin. Currently- Trees, plants and grass provide a pleasant green garden space. Maybe a few more hours of a gardener rather than a regeneration consultant needed here.

By Ed

Great as long as there is affordable housing and somewhere to park my massive SUV so I can drive in from Wilmslow

By Anonymous

Pave it over and generate extra rental income from Christmas Markets.

By UnaPlanner

I am not sure Parsonage or Sackville Gardens need a “master plan” a bit of tidying up with new footpaths and street furniture will do. The council should remember that if it ain’t broken don’t fix it instead they should concentrate on basic maintenance and litter control.

By Lenny1968

I think one of the reasons why Central Manchester has such rubbish parks is because nobody ever lived around them.That is changing now and people won’t be happy with the pathetic postage stamps on offer at the moment.

By Elephant

What is the cladding? Also will they maintain it properly?

By SSC Cladding Enthusiast

Well needed. The gardens are a dump they used to be lovely. A masterplan seems a bit OTT – a bit of design and tidying up would work. But the gardens have gone severely downhill over the last 10 yrs so this can only be a good thing

By Chris H

What MCC needs to focus on is maintenance of parks, public spaces and pavements. Masterplans aren’t needed. Just look after and keep nice what is there already like Leeds, Sheffield and other northern cities do standing on their head

By Mancunian

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