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Date: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 16:06:00 +0100
From: Cornerstone Resource Centre (

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In Hulme, an inner-city area of Manchester being thoroughly Ďregeneratedí (ie knocked down so Asda and the like can move in), local residents saw red when one of the few green areas remaining for community interaction was threatened by a proposed road junction. The grass and trees outside a pub is used for barbecues, bouncy castles, and summer banter, and people didnít want more traffic brought onto their estate to make it Ďsaferí for pedestrians, nor did they like rumours of industrial units where a kidsí play area now stands. Meetings and petitions (more signed than voted last election!) have resulted in it being saved, so an Independence Day picnic is planned. Meanwhile the oldest tree in the area was threatened with a proposed hotel (so locals who arenít packing shelves can make beds!). Itís now boasting a cosy treehouse, bender, displays and a community garden.

Watch this space - the locals have it in hand, so watch out for your own!

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