The problem with a meeting like this is that the crowd is a bit self selecting. In this case, more likely to skew toward a Mancunian Contract than the Manchester population in general, I think.
The workshops were quite interesting. Council employees were on hand to take notes, so I raised the idea of replacing all their filament bulbs with compact fluorescents. I should follow it up with a How to Save the World for Free interview request. And they gave us a free lunch whilst asking us questions that were recorded electronically from polling boxes and laptops.
There were also some Coronation Street stars, but I’m with the 25% who said they’d rather watch paint dry.
http://www.themanchesterpartnership.gov.uk/, though that doesn’t seem to be working right now. (Try http://www.manchesterpartnership.org.uk/. do hope they didn’t screw up and put the wrong url in those lovely consultation booklets that must have cost so much to produce.)
The Beacons Partnership, regenerating East Manchester.