Manchester City Council announce “aspiration” for a green ‘living wall’ in Piccadilly Gardens whilst working to increase lighting and safety!
Following an announcement this week, Manchester City Council have said they’ll be looking to draw up plans to transform Piccadilly Gardens with the aim to improve lighting, new planting, expansion of the family friendly child playing facilities and a Green Living Wall.
After a video launch in early August, Cllr Jon-Connor Lyons is delighted that the people of Piccadilly and Manchester have been listened to and the Council will now look into how it can incorporate a Green Living Wall into the gardens alongside plans to introduce lighting and planting.
Councillor Jon-Connor Lyons said “We need to be aiming for better with this space and I know that for the last several months, senior Council Officers and senior Councillors have been working with us to look at ideas to improve the gardens for the long term. Along with safety and an expansion to the child playing facilities, a green living wall was one of my top priorities. If we see plans come forward, we need to make sure Piccadilly Gardens are transformed for the long term.”
The Council said that they would like to see “new planting, improved lighting and design to help deter anti-social behaviour, raising grassed areas and re-laying paths to repair the damage areas. Critical to the proposals will be the creation of a more family-friendly area with an improved children’s play area and removing and/or replacing existing street furniture. There is also an aspiration to soften the appearance of the Pavilion’s concrete wall, transforming it into a green ‘living wall’ and by removing the free-standing part of the wall which, unlike the Pavilion itself, is owned by the Council.”
The leader of the Council, Richard Leese said “We know that Piccadilly Gardens is a major issue for a lot of people which they have strong views about. We are committed to funding and bringing forward a scheme which will both improve its appearance and help make it more of a welcoming, family-friendly space. We look forward to sharing further ideas and details with the public and having a conversation on how best to improve the gardens as soon as we are in a position to do so.”
There will be a consultation that Manchester residents and businesses can feed into in the Spring of 2020 and Cllr Jon-Connor Lyons is committed to ensuring as many city centre residents vocalise their opinions through that consultation.