Watch this short news piece on That’s TV Manchester about our campaign to save Ryebank Fields from housing development.
Thank you to everyone who came along to our inaugural AGM on Wednesday 23rd October 2019. It was a really well attended meeting where we formally adopted our constitution and elected our committee. We are very pleased to say that we are now a legally constituted group and as such will be seeking to be involved at every stage of consultations with Manchester Metropolitan University, in relation to their ongoing development proposals for Ryebank Fields, which we will, of course, continue to oppose.
Manchester Metropolitan University’s final development framework for Ryebank Fields which was approved by Manchester City Council in July 2019 can be viewed here. The framework is now part of the planning process and any future development proposals will have to be measured against these guidelines alongside other considerations. This document updates the draft development framework which was consulted on in 2017. The principle difference between the two frameworks is a proposal to build 120 rather than 70 new homes.
‘Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition’ ran between 4-8 March 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University's Link Gallery. The exhibition ws organised and curated by MMU art student, Josie Tothill. The exhibition was a community coming together to celebrate Ryebank Fields. It was a rallying call to protect nature and fight privatisation everywhere.
Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition 4th - 8th March MMU Link Gallery You are invited to attend ‘Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition’. The launch event will be on Monday 4th March from 6pm, and the exhibition runs until 8th March. The exhibition is organised and curated by MMU art student, Josie Tothill, to celebrate Ryebank Fields and protest about the privatisation and destruction of this much loved green space.
We have an update from the meeting between our group and Manchester City Council (MCC) which took place on 28/01/19. We have tried to be factual in our summary rather than emotive but please let us know your thoughts. 1) Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) are coming up with a new Development Framework for Ryebank Fields which is most likely to be adopted by MCC. This is the next step towards a planning application.
Along with several other members of the Friends of Ryebank Fields, I attended the Chorlton “Community Led” Housing Group (CCLHG) event which took place on 4th December 2018, at St. John’s School, right next to Ryebank Fields. (They are wisely not calling it a “consultation”.) This is the minority group that supports the building of homes on Ryebank Fields, which appears to consist of a handful of Labour Party (and ex-Labour) activists.
The Friends of Ryebank Fields have been dropping leaflets in and around Chorlton over the last few weeks. The leaflet explains why we think Ryebank Fields should be saved from the threat of development. If you missed your copy you can read it here.
A gig was held at the Chorlton Irish Club on 3 November to raise funds for the Friends of Ryebank Fields. The event was co-organised with the Chorlton and Stretford Socialist Club, a non-party affiliated group for those who self-identify as being on the left. The main purpose of the gig was to raise money for further campaigning and leafleting, and we raised £320. The evening started with talks from Nigel Woodcock, Paul Harnett, and Julie Ryan.
We have submitted an application on behalf of the Friends of Ryebank Fields to have the section of Manchester’s historic Nico Ditch, which runs through Ryebank Fields, listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by Historic England. Another part of the ditch in Platt Fields Park is already listed as entry number 1015132. As it stands the ditch in Ryebank Fields is already deemed to be a “nationally important but non-scheduled monument” and therefore any works in its vicinity already require consultation, but listing would give it greater protection from the threat of development, as all plans would need the approval of Historic England.