This page describes protests in 2012 at the development proposals by The Christies/MCRC in the Withington Green area.
Registration of Withington Green as a village green
Withington Green was a valued and important public space for the community. It is one of only two sites in Withington with a recorded history of over 200 years (the other being The Red Lion). It contributes to Withington's distinctiveness. As an amenity, it was a very pleasant space and, in the summer, when it was used and enjoyed by local residents, and patients and staff from The Christie, who sit, socialise and relax on the seats and grass. Families would play on the lawns.
On 19th January 2012, over 200 local residents demonstrated on Withington Green. They were opposed to its development and other aspects of the planning application proposed by The Christie/University.
After the Council approved the plans, the developers used a hawk to deter birds from nesting in the area (March/April 2012). The trees by the Green were felled, as have trees to the rear of the Victorian/Edwardian villas (April 2012) and then the villas were demolished (July, 2012). Pictures of these activities are below (click on images for larger views). Thanks to David Plater for some of these photographs.
Protest on the Green
On Thursday January 19th 2012, the councillors on the MCC Planning Committee visited the proposed site of the expansion of Christies Hospital and the MCRC development. The local residents and the Civic Society put on a demonstration of how the developments would affect the people and locality. In all, over 200 people turned up including the local councillors. The original plans were later rejected at the planning meeting. See also an article in the South Manchester Reporter.
Here are some pictures of the site visit. Click on the pictures for a larger view.