This chapter deals with how the steps in the early 80s in relation to spending and the organisation of the Council impacted upon the economic development and regeneration of Manchester. This covers the policy working parties of the local Labour Party, what was included in the 1984 Manifesto and the early conflict of interest between the environment and transport, or between Graham Stringer and Arnold Spencer, that leads into those covered in chapter 25. There’s mention of the development of the Museum of Science and Industry, the Salford and Manchester partnership, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, Manchester Airport, the Council’s opposition to government initiatives of Employment Training and the Youth Training Scheme, plus implementation on the ground of things such as cycle paths and statues.
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Policy and Progress Prior to 1984
Planning for the 1984 Elections
Arnold Spencer and Graham Stringer clashes
Economic Policy Implementation
The Centre for Local Economic Strategies
Manchester Airport


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Editor’s Comments

The editing has involved typographical and layout changes and addition of sub-headings. I found this chapter hard work. It seems to jump about and also covers a lot of the same ground that is in chapters 24 and 25, or rather is a precursor to those chapters but has overlap. It‘s too difficult to unpick without a complete structural rewrite, so I have left it intact. Appendix 8A seems unnecessary and Appendix 8C too detailed, but I am including both anyway.


[1] In 1982, Mick Moore (who had for many years been Deputy to Brian Parnell in the Planning Department) was made Director of Economic Development. According to Bill Egerton, Jack Hadwin was one of the chief officers forced out when the Left took over in 1984. Mick Moore reported directly to the Land and Property Committee and Brian Eaton (Director of City Estates) did so on city valuation issues.

[2] In the mid-1980s, the Assistant City Planning Officer, Ted Kitchen, wrote a report for the Planning Committee about housing in the city centre and estimated that by the year 2000, the population would be around 10,000 (as opposed to the few hundred at the time). Graham thought Ted was mad, but in fact it was just over 10,000 by the year 2000. His report also said that thought would have to be given to the social consequences of this, including the later need for family facilities.

[3] The membership of the PTA was made up of representatives from the 10 Greater Manchester districts: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

[4] See Appendix 8A for list of chairs and deputies of the Economic Development Committee.

[5] Bill Egerton took this place, with Sid Silverman as his deputy. The other eight directors were Keith Barnes (to take over as deputy chair from Gordon Conquest until the annual meeting in June), Tony Burns, Nick Harris (replaced in June by Helen Johnson), Kevan Lim, Winnie Smith, Graham Stringer, Chris Tucker and Niel Warren. The opposition place was taken by David Sandiford (Lib Dem), with Harold Tucker (Tory) as his deputy.

[6] The city council thus took 29,300 shares altogether, consisting of its own 50% of the total plus 4,300 from the county council’s 50% holding. The other shares were allocated to Bolton – 2,500; Bury – 1,700; Oldham – 2,100; Rochdale – 2,000; Salford – 2,300; Stockport – 2,300; Tameside – 2,100; Trafford – 2,200; and Wigan – 3,000.

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