Ancoats Hospital – Reply from Eddie Smith – New East Manchester Ltd – 20th July 2011

20 Jul

From: Eddie Smith
Sent: 20/07/2011 14:15 GDT

To: Councillor Neil Swannick
Cc: Councillor Jim Battle; Ian Slater
Subject: Fw: “CRIME IN ANCOATS”

Cllr Swannick

I have been in discussion with Urban Splash for over 12 months since the NWDA announced to them that they were withdrawing their support for the
 enveloping scheme which Urban Splash had submitted a bid for grant monies for and to which they had been given “verbal” encouragement to proceed with 
- hence the scaffolding which was erected to undertake those works. The withdrawal of the grant is a direct result of the Coalition Governments deficit reduction plans.

We also encouraged Urban Splash to work with Heritage Works to establish if
 there were viable alternatives to demolition.

Albeit that I am not surprised at the outcomes of the work that Heritage Works have undertaken and a decision that the building should be demolished 
I am surprised that this matter has not been discussed with me in advance
of any public announcement and therefore I have not had the opportunity to
 brief either Bradford or indeed Ancoats & Clayton Members. I will take this 
matter up with Urban Splash and determine what the outcomes of the
discussions have been with English Heritage and the Planning Department. I
 will provide you with a synopsis of these discussions when they have taken 
place.

Eddie

Eddie Smith
Chief Executive
New East Manchester Ltd
Tel: 0161 223 1155
Fax: 0161 274 0053
Email: eddie@neweastmanchester.com

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