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Majority of Stevenson Square to be permanently pedestrianised under new plans

The roads in the square have been closed since the 2020 lockdowns

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Plans to permanently pedestrianise Stevenson Square have been unveiled by the council this week.

The area, situated in the heart of the Northern Quarter, has become one of the city’s most popular al fresco dining spots following the temporarily closure of its roads during the 2020 lockdowns.

As a result of these road closures and various Covid restrictions, restaurants and bars in the area spilled out into the square, where they have remained for the last two years.

The new lay out has proved to be overwhelmingly popular among business owners and punters alike, and there have been numerous calls to making the pedestrianisation permanent.

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And this week, the council has released its own plans for the new version of the square, which will see three-quarters of it permanently pedestrianised and closed from traffic.

Other plans include the opening of a cycle lane and the removal of parking bays on Hilton Street. One part of the square will remain open for buses. 

Read More: Stevenson Square set to be fully pedestrianised and turned into a proper public square under new plans

Councillor Tracey Rawlins, executive member for Environment and Transport, said: “For a long time the Council has been committed to the full pedestrianisation of Stevenson Square and we remain so but for now we will provide limited access for buses and Hackney carriages in a small area of the square.

“We are pleased that the vast majority of the space in the square has been preserved for pedestrians and cyclists, and we will be working with businesses to ensure they can maximise the benefits of these changes.

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“For the Council our bigger picture is being at the forefront of a switch towards walking and cycling in the city centre and turning places like Stevenson Square into vibrant and economically strong neighbourhoods.”

Other planned improvements to the square include:

  • The pedestrianisation of most of Stevenson Square.
  • A two-way cycle lane, which will run through the Square at carriageway level, with cycleway demarcation blocks on one side, and tactile crossings put in place, as well as new signage for cyclists.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist crossings will be installed at the junctions of Oldham Street/Hilton Street, and Newton Street/Hilton Street. 
  • Footpaths will be widened in the area to give more space over to pedestrians.
  • Pay and display bays in Hilton Street will be removed.

A timeline or expected date for the pedestrianisation is yet to be announced. 

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Ian Brown fans ‘gutted’ after singer plays sold-out gig with no band and ‘butchers own tunes’

’50 quid to see Ian brown off his head doing karaoke like he’s in Neptune’s bar’

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Ian Brown fans have been taking to social media to express their disappointment after the Stone Roses singer performed a sold-out gig without a band. 

Brown kick-started his first UK tour in a decade at the Leeds O2 Academy last night, with him due to perform at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse this Friday (September 30th).

Despite the anticipation surrounding the tour, however, fans were left disappointed by Brown’s performance last night thanks to the absence of the rest of the band, with one concert-goer describing it as Brown ‘[doing] karaoke and butchering his own tunes.’

Alongside of a video showing Brown singing alone on an empty stage, fan Steven Latham wrote: “Gutted to see @ianbrown turn up to his £40 a ticket, sold out gig at Leeds tonight WITH NO BAND.

“I’m a life long fan but it was bad. #ianbrown does karaoke and butchers his own tunes. Most were too p****d to care but I had to get out after this one.”

After his video went viral, Steven followed up his tweet by writing: “Feel a bit bad about this now, I was just so disappointed.

“We all know Ian can’t sing but there’s always a band to bring it together. Some onstage chemistry, the drummer’s energy, the guitarist’s musicianship. I think if there’s no band you should tell people up front.”

Other fans were quick to express their anger over the gig too, with another concert-goer writing: “50 quid to see Ian brown off his head doing karaoke like he’s in Neptune’s bar.”

Another commented: “Wow, that’s horrific. A massive Roses fan but think he needs to retire gracefully now like.”

However, some fans were quick to defend the singer’s performance, with one person writing: “Top night in Leeds thanks to Ian Brown. Ignore the twitter w*****s, I was there and I saw a sold out show full of people on their feet enjoying every minute.”

A second commented: “Thank you Ian Brown for the best concert ever at Leeds 02 Academy. You were incredible.”

Ian Brown’s headline tour continues tonight in Glasgow, with following shows scheduled for Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and London.

 

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Furious man confronts fly-tippers dumping huge 7ft fridge in Salford

The fly-tippers were forced to carry the fridge back

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A furious homeowner has shared the moment he caught two fly-tippers dumping a huge 7ft fridge next to his house in Salford.

David Holmes, forty-seven, came across two men attempting to leave an old fridge on his property near Edward Avenue over the weekend. 

He filmed the altercation and shared the video onto TikTok, where it has since had over 1.4 million views.

In the explosive clip, David could be heard asking the men: “Why have you put that there next to my f*****g house?”

The fly-tippers, who reportedly run a local takeaway in the area, were evidently not expecting to be caught out and, in a second video, could be seen carrying the fridge back while quietly apologising. 

David told the Manchester Evening News that he had initially called Salford Council to report the fly-tippers after catching them in the act from his house but, being unsatisfied with their response, ‘lost control’ and went out to confront them himself.

He explained: “We have had problems with fly-tippers on this location but we go out there and pick it up. But obviously when it’s a seven foot fridge you can’t pick that up and put it in a bin.

Read More: Fly tippers dump entire takeaway kitchen onto local farmers land

“I called the council and they said they were going to come and remove it but I said ‘no, they need charging and fining’.

“When I first seen it I felt rage because last night I saw them taking that fridge out the shop. Why would you dump something like that next to our house, they’re supposed to be my neighbour, they can’t go around dumping stuff.”

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David said the council needs to do more to combat fly-tippers, adding: “I wanted them to come down to take some names and ID’s. Charging and fining is the only way this will stop.”

Councillor Barbara Bentham, lead member for environment and community safety, Salford City Council, said: “Salford City Council received a call from a resident about an encounter with fly-tippers.

“Enforcement officers visited the site. At this stage no offence has been committed but this case is not closed and officers are investigating further with the information provided.If residents do spot fly-tipping we would advise them not to confront offenders.

“Instead, they should record details such as personal descriptions along with the registration number and make and model of any vehicles used. Residents should stay safe while they are doing this and pass all the information they have gathered to the council.”

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GMP seize purple Lamborghini for driving ‘antisocially’ around Salford Quays

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In certain parts of Greater Manchester nuisance drivers are a real issue for residents.

One such area is Salford Quays, with people driving around late at night and keeping people up at ungodly hours.

This was the case earlier this week, when a purple Lamborghini was spotted by police causing a racket in the area.

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According to GMP Salford, the brightly coloured sports car was seen ‘driving antisocially around Salford Quays, causing danger to others and making a racket during the night’.

As a result the Lamborghini Huracan was seized by officers.

GMP Salford wrote on their socials: “#WhileWeWereAway #GMPTransportUnit spotted this purple Lamborghini driving antisocially around Salford Quays, causing a danger to other road users and pedestrians, and making a racket during the night for residents.

“The Huracan was seized under s.59 Police Reform Act #NotSoSuperCar”.

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