Piccadilly Gardens Wall to be demolished this month in what has been called a “new start for the area”.
This move is after a hard-thought effort to get ringfenced money for Piccadilly Gardens for improvement works, primarily to tackle the built environment which helps to foster anti-social behaviour, known as the ‘Broken Window Theory‘.
The £2 Million was earmarked for Piccadilly Gardens earlier this year with the funding being allocated to the removal of street furniture around Piccadilly Gardens, increasing the light provision, launching a consultation on the gardens and the demolition of the free-standing wall.
The Council will commence work to demolish the free-standing wall on the 16th November 2020, with the work expected to take several weeks due to the adjacent tram line and works that need to occur underground.
Local Labour Councillor Jon-Connor Lyons said “Next week will mark a new beginning for Piccadilly Gardens. This wall, and the other aspects of the built environment, has helped to foster anti-social behaviour in the area which local residents, Mancunians and international visitors have suffered with for years.”
“In early December, the Piccadilly Gardens transformation consultation will start where the Council will ask Mancunians what they want out of the space.”
“My local vision for the area is for it to be greener, more family and active travel focused! I believe we can achieve that, but an absolute priority for me is to build a work-class space which does not harbour anti-social behaviour.”
“I’ll be asking the residents that I represent and live in the locality to make sure they convey their ideas, as they are the local, on-the-ground experts who live there. This is a new beginning, and we must get it right!”
The consultation will be launched in December and can be found then on Manchester City Councils Consultation landing page.