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Tower Of Thrills For Piccadilly Gardens

Manchester's skyline to get a new addition: The Last Party to perform at the launch

Published on March 26th 2013.


Tower Of Thrills For Piccadilly Gardens
 

PICCADILLY Gardens will welcome a brand new attraction from Friday 29 March.

This addition is one step in making Piccadilly Gardens a family friendly destination for the city, and will be followed by a new children’s play area in the summer.The Manchester Starflyer, a Mellors Group attraction, is similar to the traditional chair-flyer rides, but goes much higher.

The Starflyer will transport up to 24 people at a time 70 metres (a shade under the height of the Civil Justice Centre) into the air, offering a view of the city and surrounding areas combined with the excitement of a modern fairground ride.

The attraction, entertained thousands of people on London’s Southbank during last year’s Olympics and in Hyde Park for the Winter Wonderland at Christmas, will fly into action at midday on Friday 29 March in time for Easter weekend, and remain until 30 June 2013.

The council reckon that the Manchester Starflyer could attract up to 10,000 people per week to the city centre, generating income at no cost to the council. The income will be reinvested into the Piccadilly Gardens area and support future events in the city.

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This addition is one step in making Piccadilly Gardens a family friendly destination for the city, and will be followed by a new children’s play area in the summer.

A Task Force, led by city centre spokesperson, Cllr Pat Karney, will also be set up to review and tackle the community safety issues in Piccadilly.

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s city centre spokesperson, said: "We want Piccadilly Gardens to be a top family friendly destination and this starattraction will make the most of this great space. In the Manchester Starflyer, we have a ride that offers not only white knuckle excitement, but is also a real statement – a brand new icon of the Manchester skyline - and will attract thousands of people to the city centre.”

The Starflyer will be open throughout the day from 10am to 10pm. Cost will be £6 or £20 for a family concession ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Passengers must be over 6 years of age to ride the Starflyer. Plans for the Starflyer will include provision for maintenance and upkeep of the lawn area within the immediate vicinity of the attraction and a full reinstatement plan included as part of the exit strategy.

Starflyer, will be officially opened by the city’s latest generation of rock stars, The Last Party.

The Manc-born and bred four-piece will be the first to ride the new 70-metre attraction as thanks for their phenomenal performance at the city’s Christmas lights switch on last year. The chair-flyer ride is expected to draw 10,000 people per week and will remain in Piccadilly Gardens in the city until 30 June 2013. 

Keyboard & Vocalist Greg Williams, said: “When we got the request from the Council, for one hair-raising moment I actually thought they wanted us to perform whilst on the ride – I was trying to work out how to hold me keyboard whilst spinning round 200 feet in the air – could have been a Spinal Tap moment. Thankfully, we’ll just be christening its first voyage in Manchester."

The Last Party will be filming the video for their new single A Thousand Smiles at a secret location in Manchester next week. The video will be directed by Hollywood actor and director, Idris Elba.

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

GOOD GRIEF...WHY?!!!

"This addition is one step in making Piccadilly Gardens a family friendly destination for the city..."

It's not and never been a 'family friendly' destination and shouldn't be either.

Yeah!..."Come on kids, let's go to city centre Manchester and errrr...visit Piccadilly Gardens."!!!

The fact that the council feels the need to have 'A Task Force' to deal with Piccadilly Gardens says it all!

Awww...it's nice to know the council's in touch with the people!

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Stephen NewtonMarch 20th 2013.

It's a bit strange to say Piccadilly Gardens shouldn't be a family friendly destination. It is one of the very few open-ish spaces in Manchester and an important transport hub. Of course families should find it friendly.

It is also true that it has always been a problem area. You are right to say that the council feeling the need to establish a task force says it all.

This sounds like a great way to raise some money towards putting all that right.

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

It might be one of the few open spaces, but it's been a bus hub for over fifty years, and trams too for the last twenty years. The council can pump as much money as they want into it, but as long as it's surrounded by vast amounts of public transport and cars on Portland Steet, it will always be a noisy, smelly place.

Stephen NewtonMarch 20th 2013.

Oh dear.

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

Exactly STEPHEN..."Oh dear" is what I say everytime I see Piccadilly Gardens in it's current state.

Piccadilly loverMarch 20th 2013.

Misery guts Manc Guy. What a great idea. More families the better

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

Really? At least it would keep the Asian kids on bicycles company, as their mothers picnic their during those summer evenings.

Perhaps it's the council's solution to the scrote problem. The overwhelming numbers of kids might pressure the scrotes to up sticks.

Hey...at least it would give the KRO customers something different to look at.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

So, Manc Guy, let's hear your brilliant ideas?

AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

I think I'm great, even though I know that I have a personality only a mother could love.

Piccadilly LoverMarch 21st 2013.

Manc Guy you're becoming a nuisance on these rants you know. Maybe you should just start a blog and hope people read it?

Karen McDonaldMarch 20th 2013.

I'm sure it will be great fun for all the hoodies doing daredevil stunts on the Starflyer! Very young children may be afraid of using it, but what the heck! Come to think of it, elderly folks might not be too keen on using it either. But, it IS 'family' friendly, so - go for it!!! I'm sure the sparse, easy flowing traffic will easily cope with the influx of people - and the police won't have much of a problem with such masses of visitors to the town centre, which may include more pickpockets and the like; I can't see any problem!

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BaggioMarch 20th 2013.

i think you're best just staying at home, karen. you'll be safe there.

Piccadilly loverMarch 21st 2013.

Baggio you're right. I bring my family into the city centre all the time. It's as safe as houses. Karen has a massive problem clearly with life and the enjoyment of life although she does love exclamation marks. Maybe she enjoys them more than making the city better.

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Manc GuyMarch 21st 2013.

PICCADILLY LOVER...We don't know Karen, so your assumptions are just that...assumptions.

BTW...as you're a Piccadilly lover, what do you think of Parker Street these days?

paulsouthernMarch 20th 2013.

Piccadilly Gardens most definitely should be a family destination, take a look at what Bradford have done with their main city square. It's fantastic. Took the family there for the opening day a year ago. The new Greengate square in Salford is similar on a much smaller scale. That too has potential for great fun messing about in the fountains or use as a performance space. Piccadilly should be the same. The StarFlyer looks ace too but this chicken won't be going on it! One more thing Piccadilly should lose the grass, it's never going to work with any significant level of foot fall!

www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/regeneration/city_park…

Charlie HulmeMarch 20th 2013.

I personally miss the benches and flower displays, but I realise things have moved on. At least they should lose that damned concrete wall.

Angela SeagerMarch 20th 2013.

Will stop by after I've covered the Duck Race at Spinningfields...Piccadilly Gardens certainly does need a good attraction. Wonder how many people have noticed the 'Tree of Remembrance' and what it's all about?

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AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

Good grief! The clue is in the sign Angela.
Hope you've read the other signs fully and are not expecting see real live ducks racing in Spinningfields

Maggie MilnerMarch 20th 2013.

I think many people have noticed the Tree of Remembrance Angela, they are the relatives of those people who are named on it and who waited 60 years for any kind of acknowledgement of loss of civilian life. I for one visit the tree regularly and lay lowers and I know many others who do the same.

Angela SeagerMarch 20th 2013.

Thank you for your kind responses. I'll be honest, I didn't notice the sign, but will endeavour to look for it next time I visit. Incidentally, I took 30 photography enthusiasts out on a PhotoWalk recently and I can honestly say that only 1 person in the group was aware of it's existence...so it can't just be me I'm afraid...

Angela SeagerMarch 22nd 2013.

hey, check out these pics of the Tower of Thrills in the making...
www.facebook.com/…/…

Craig GillonMarch 20th 2013.

Its always full of weirdos in Piccadilly Gardens!!! Why take you're kids!!!!!

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Thomas MannionMarch 20th 2013.

wrong your

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

Is that a Yoda quote THOMAS?

David DeakinMarch 20th 2013.

i was there on Sunday night at 8pm.
not seen that many freaks since i visited the house of commons at kicking out time.
what ar MCC going to do to rid the gardens of the drunks, beggars, junkies, thieves & scum?

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

"drunks, beggars, junkies, thieves & scum". You've just described Oldham Street, Oxford Road/Street and Chorlton Street too.

Kevin PeelMarch 20th 2013.

See my comments here: citycentrelabour.org.uk/…/…

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

Nice bit of self promotion there KEVIN.

the Whalley RangerMarch 20th 2013.

Another wheel - who would have thunk it? Will they pay the bills this time?

AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

#ItsAllAboutMe
#GloryGrabber

Adam PrinceMarch 20th 2013.

My vision: (can this be a test)!? If this is a great thrill wide, why not take the idea on a larger tourist scale?

I'd love to see a Tivoli Gardens like Theme Park like Copenhagen on some of the massive "wasteland" spaces of the city (if Mayfield is indeed being demolished and behind Regents Road). If Alton Towers is one of the biggest Tourist Attractions in the UK, this could be quite a unique possibility for the 'Party City' and home and international tourists.

I'd love to see (even more fantasy), a great park with different themes in, much like the Epcot Centre (Florida) of small cultural pavilions, that represent a part of Manchester (as the Cultural Representative Program), with cafes, designs etc. from that culture. A fun and exciting way to make a beautiful park, sort of like a hybrid of central park and this Pavilion Styled area's.

Whatever, happens, areas that have these 20+ acres is massive and Manchester should and can think out of the box!

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Adam PrinceMarch 20th 2013.

ride even!

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

Hmmm...I do like the idea of a Manc theme park.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

I'm very confused as to what constitutes you idea of 'Mancness'. You don't seem to like much, and seem particularly anti-anyone-who-is-not-you.

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

Being a Manc is all about simian strolls, having a Ryder/Gallagher accent and getting into heated conversations in pubs and on street corners about absolutely nothing, isn't it?

In truth, I love MY city and I want the people to remember their past and move forward, whilst being inspired by all of the city's positive history. They should be able to unite against poor council proposals and decisions and have a real say in the future of the city as well as its skyline eg. London Road Fire Stattion, Mayfield Depot, Piccadilly Gardens etc. etc.

AdrienneMarch 20th 2013.

I remember Piccadilly Gardens from the 70's when I worked on Spring Gardens. I used to drop my lunch off to the tramps that used to congregate there. These were proper tramps those that had CHOSEN to leave the rat race not like todays who have been forced into it by unemployment etc. The gardens could have been made to look nice but that hideous wall makes it look more like a prison of war camp. At least some colourful murals would make it look better. I for one will not risk going on it! I admire the council for trying their best to update the centre but I dont think this is the right thing to do. I too liked it when it was a floral delight and you could sit quietly - no chance of that these days

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

There is an e-petition floating around to dress it up, but I also think it looks like a prison wall and that the scrotes are on the other side. Perhaps the council could continue the wall around and make the gardens into a compound with viewing platforms similar to those that used to be on parts of the Berlin Wall.

Now that would be a great day out for the family.

Poster BoyMarch 20th 2013.

Go on Councillor Karney, don't stop there, make it a fairground...

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

It's already got a Freak Show in place.

MaggieMarch 20th 2013.

Yawn, yawn Manc boy!

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

Is that your best shot MAGGIE?

tbboy87March 20th 2013.

Seriously? Get a grip manchester council. This is not what piccadilly gardens needs to make it more 'family friendly' - what it needs is a bloody bomb (that won't harm anyone but scroats) chucking in the middle of it!

Then they can re-design it, make it look less like a prison camp and actually design something nice.

Failing that, just kick all the scroats out, keep them away and instantly you've got a more appealing garden.

And whilst we're on it, why don't you put it somewhere else like the new 'family garden space' you've created down by harvey nic's that no-one ever uses then we might get some use out of something else in this city we've wasted our bloody council tax on!!!

Piccadilly gardens is one of the few green city spaces we have and what are they going to do? Cover the only bit of green up with a pikey ride!

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paulsouthernMarch 20th 2013.

Was the wheel in Exchange Square a 'pikey' ride too?

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

One of the ride packages did include a tarmaced drive and some lucky heather...so perhaps it was.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

While I'm not exactly sold on the idea of a big swing ride in Piccadilly Gardens, I am concerned about the amount of public realm that would be taken up to provide space for the ride (including a generator and, no doubt, some kind of fence surrounding the ride and a place to purchase tickets). We do not have a lot of public space in the city centre, let alone space that has some sort of 'green' in it. We really should be thinking of ways to add greenspace to our city centre, not take it away...

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AnonymousMarch 21st 2013.

It's temporary so won't be there forever.

AlanMarch 20th 2013.

Piccadilly GARDENS is the name, so where are the GARDENS?
As I over heard a visitor to Manchester say one day, well that was a con, why is it called Piccadilly gardens?
It is a dump, the grass gets fenced off every year, benches falling apart and rotten, and as for the Berlin Wall!! why why why??? at least grow something green up it, paint it, light it up, put some windows in it, or better still knock it down. Last year for months we had Abba-bada-boo blasting from loud speakers, what was it saying no one knows, even MCC could not tell me.
Loud bongo drums, Preachers, drunks, it is not a nice place for children but it should be! The market is great, but please someone at MCC take control and regulate what goes on here, make it a place you would like to visit, along with some toilets would be good.

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AnonymousMarch 25th 2013.

That's nothing Alan, my kids stil haven't gotten over the disappointment of the so called Oxford Circus - not a blooming elephant in sight!

AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

mmmm £6 .... half a pizza eh after footie?

AlanMarch 20th 2013.

Why should we trust our Labour counsellors to listen or sort this out? they gave us what we have now, and now they want to fix it, everyone said at the time it was horrible, did they listen NO.
Labour try saying sorry; we got it wrong and we made a mess of Piccadilly Gardens for the people of Manchester.

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AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

Labour counsellors eh? Are they people who counsell folk in labour?

AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

Thank God they're not Tories...they'ed have fenced it off and sold it to one of their cronies by now.............

AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

"thinking of ways to add greenspace to our city centre,"

Not in Charles Street. BBC made into a car park :-(

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Simon JonesMarch 20th 2013.

How long will the old BBC car park fiasco go on for? The next ten years probably. Depressing.com

Audrey WrightMarch 20th 2013.

Why not bring Piccadilly back to how it was in the 60's, deck chairs and a place to relax for working people and families. We also had Christmas attractions there. Now I feel its just kids running round and no parental control

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AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

In the old days there were probably signs saying 'Keep Off The Grass' and probably most of the people obeyed them. I don't think we'd find the same today.

crisbyMarch 20th 2013.

I don't remember the sixties but by the seventies and eighties it was mostly tramps and often not a pleasant place to be. Oh, and the pavements slick with starling guano every evening ...

SoapysudsMarch 20th 2013.

I agree with Audrey Wright, all the council is just more circuses and bread. Just as the Roman Emperors did before Rome's complete collapse.

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Manc GuyMarch 20th 2013.

"Now I feel its just kids running round and no parental control."

Welcome to 21st Century Britain.

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Dom77March 20th 2013.

Whilst I am all for any new tourist attractions in Manchester (something I think we're seriously lacking in) I really don't feel that Piccadilly Gardens is the right place for this - once this is in there'll be even less green space for people to enjoy. But would rather have it as a test-bed rather than not. All for resurrecting a Belle-vue style venue out of town - though in the current economy that really would be a pipe dream!

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Adam PrinceMarch 20th 2013.

I think the idea could be taken on a bigger scale. If the Top Tourist attractions that are not history related are often theme parks, I cannot see why there would not be an investor into such a project. "Stay-cations" have increased because of the recession and despite this the hotel industry in Manchester is doing well. I don't think it would be a way out there proposal to get Taussuads Group/ Merlin Entertainment et al. One little ride seems awful lonely out on a limb! (How much wasteland does even the city of centre have)?!

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Swiss JamesMarch 20th 2013.

Great idea- no public money involved, a new tourist attraction, and something in that area other than public transport. The view from the top across the city to the Peak District will be spectacular.

Barry TravisMarch 20th 2013.

As usual someone tries to do something different and people immwdiately start to hammer it. I personally think Picc Gardens area is now a family area, especially in the summer f the weather's good. We're getting a lot more events in and around it, this will add to it along with another impressive icon for the skyline. For the negative nellies out there ask yourself what harm can it really do??

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Adam PrinceMarch 20th 2013.

I agree it is good. But much better to come. Bigger and bolder hopefully!

David AddisonMarch 20th 2013.

The sooner we all realise we're living in a s*it hole the better . Then we can start again on cleaning and lighting buildings and creating green spaces that people can enjoy.a air ground attraction isn't the way forward for gods sake.piccadilly will be covered in litter and puke before long.We need a joined up policy to make OUR city greener and more pleasant to live in . We need to clear up and revitalise Rochdale road around Harpurhey .similarly the Flats and houses that are all boarded up around Whitley rd need knocking down or tarting up and re letting.i know there is no money about but we need to make a start and create something we can be proud to leave to our children instead of the mess we currently have.

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JulietMarch 20th 2013.

Absolutely. & if we actually had politicians who cared instead of "self-promoted" for themselves and their wannabe big I am career, then maybe ...

Stephen NewtonMarch 20th 2013.

I don't know how long you've lived in Manchester, David, but since I came here in 1988 the city centre has changed beyond recognition and overwhelmingly for the better. The 1996 bomb helped, but enormous change was already well under way. In a sense the bomb achieved what you're after, it cleared away the old Shambles Square and gave us a clean slate. But opportunities like that are rare and to say the only way to make progress is to demolish everything and start again is just silly.

Piccadilly Gardens is far from great, but it's still better than it was. The old undercover bus station was horrific and the gardens themselves was very far from family friendly. You warn that it will all be litter and puke; well's that what we had then! Anyway, I don't imagine that many will be puking from this ride.

You are right that beyond the city centre things often go downhill quickly. You need to accept that areas like Harpurhey are amongst the country's most deprived and have many social problems the solutions to which may take generations to come through.

crisbyMarch 20th 2013.

Quite right Steven, and it was worse still in 1978. The Gardens are potentially OK, a 'green wall' on the concrete and a better way of channelling people walking across it off the grass, and it would be a lot better. I'd say it's already quite family friendly when I suspect a lot of ranters don't see it, i.e. during the day.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

Does anyone, like me, when they see a post by "Manc Guy" just skip to the next one? I'm getting pretty bored of seeing that name.

The revenue from this thing should be kept solely for refurbishing Piccadilly Gardens in my opinion. It desperately needs an overhaul. Again. A proper one this time.

We should also have a clear eviction strategy for it when it becomes tiresome. We don't need another situation like the Big Wheel that occupied Millennium Square for years with no publicly available information about how much money it raised for the city or how it was spent.

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rinkydinkMarch 20th 2013.

Re: Manc Guy - yes. But at least he has a name

paulsouthernMarch 21st 2013.

Spot On RINKYDINK

AnonymousMarch 21st 2013.

I think I'm great, even though I know that I have a personality only a mother could love.

AnonymousMarch 21st 2013.

That's nice for you (and your mother) Anonymous. How is it relevant though?

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Manc GuyMarch 21st 2013.

I think I'm great, even though I know that I have a personality only a mother could love.

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Manc GuyMarch 21st 2013.

See!...I just can't carry that off.

AnonymousMarch 22nd 2013.

Sorry, what?

Reader XxxMarch 20th 2013.

I would support this attraction only if it was placed in the paved corner by KRO Bar similarly to the Piccadilly Wheel that the gardens had in the 90's. I would hate to see this attraction in the middle of the green plots of the gardens thus restricting the little bit of greenery left.

I hope they get the location right! Fingers crossed!

SmittyMarch 21st 2013.

You can really see how the standard of debate on Mancon has increased since the MEN started making people comment through facebook (this is sarcasm)... Think Mancon needs to sort this out as the rants are rapidly descending into Mail Online. It's off-putting... Fact is that Picc Gdns is a popular spot and is pretty family-friendly in the summer during the day as it's full of kids. Perhaps some of these comments are more because it's not the type of kids that you good folks like as they're a bit rough round the edges? A bit like Manchester, really. Which is part of the reason why I love it and am proud to call it home.

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Jonathan SchofieldMarch 21st 2013.

You might be right Smitty. Can't stand blindly stupid unthinking blither either.

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Manc GuyMarch 21st 2013.

So far SMITTY, other than 'hoodies', there's been no mention of a 'type' of kid, but there's been plenty of mention of the 'type' of people that frequent Piccadilly Gardens. Perhaps they're the kind of 'rough round the edges' types you like. I for one do not.

ManCon call these posts rants not high falutin opinions, so perhaps your comments would be best suited for a different readership elsewhere, as ManCon is clearly beneath you.

Jonathan SchofieldMarch 21st 2013.

Manc Guy, I'm the editor of Manchester Confidential and I think the comments that work best are ones that are maybe re-read before being posted. I think blasts of invective are never good - certainly not written down. I think criticism should be backed by a new idea or some notion of how to improve things. Bit of humour's all right as well, of course.

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Manc GuyMarch 21st 2013.

"I'm the editor of Manchester Confidential". I know dude.

How about the following 'new idea' JS? I think it should be changed completely. It should have a chest high bordering wall or fence all the way around it. The previous gardens did. It would give it true a true shape. It should have defined entrances and be bordered away from the KRO building. As nice as grass is, it will always get walked on and the footfall that lands on what little grass there is now, requires the grass to be cordoned off for maintenance. Water features are good, and a play area would make sense. Plenty of seating [even tables] should fill the place along with an abundance of conveniently placed recycling bins. The steel trees should be more central [even placed on grass]. More importantly, whatever happens to it, I'd like to see regular litter collection and maintenance and a regular police presence to remove the scrotes and...ban any large numbers of football fans. What that Glasgow scum did in '08 was disgraceful.

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Manc GuyMarch 30th 2013.

No comment JS? Oh well...back to "blindly stupid unthinking blither" it is then!

Nicole CarlensMarch 21st 2013.

I'd like to see a leafy green inspired plaza with colourful year round installations so it won't look drab in winter when the trees loose their leaves. Plenty of perimeter seating so you can enjoy the visiting attractions and events without having to sit on the filthy ground. there will be plenty of central space to enjoy visiting events and attractions which will provide money for the city. Simple but nice joining art and nature together.

Val ArisMarch 21st 2013.

No PUKE! I beg to differ. The last time I saw one of those Sky Ride things was in Six Flags theme park in Texas and puke was "raining" down on us. One poor chap even lost his dentures. I for one will be wearing a hood whenever I go for a bus/tram in Picadilly come rain or shine. It wasn't just puke either - some people were VERY frightened as they hadn't realised just how high it went. A word of advise - look at the faces of the people getting off - that will indicate whether it's worth spending your money on. Oh and wear a hood.

AnonymousMarch 21st 2013.

Please close down Fridays bar as well.

AnonymousMarch 21st 2013.

it used to such a pretty place, a place at lunch time if the weather was nice to go and sit and have your lunch, there were plenty of forms to sit on, and your were surrounded by flowers and mature trees, and the fountain in the centre, there used to be a little man on the corner selling icecream. It was amazing how quiet it could be and you could hear the birds, even though the buses were driving round the perimeter. I was so shocked to see it as it is now a bomb site, yes a bomb site, there is no other way to describe it, Oh! I don't know, perhaps a land fill area or city dump. It's an eyesore, it's filthy it smells, it's just disgusting. I'd like to know why the city council have been allowed to destroy a perfectly pleasant place in the middle of a busy city, and I would also like to know how even though we are led to believe that they have thrown loads of money at it, it is still a bomb site. What are the city planners doing, do they go and have their lunch there, I don't think so, and how about the councillors, do they, and yes, how many of those councillors would like to take there children or grand children there to play...I don't think so. All of them need to be ashamed of themselves as to what they have allowed to happen, to a perfectly lovely open space in a very busy city, it was something to be proud of, but not now. Makes me wonder what their gardens at home are like, seeing that they helped to destroy ours.

Manchester Paintball ArenaMarch 21st 2013.

Think about every great city you have visited. If you were to make a list of what was special about each particular city, something like this would definitely not be on that list. Money best spent elsewhere.

Angela SeagerMarch 22nd 2013.

Hey, check out these pics of the new attraction in Piccadilly Gardens:
www.facebook.com/…/…

Jonathan SchofieldMarch 22nd 2013.

Here's my article about the Tree of Remembrance re-published: www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/…/The-Good-the-Average-and-the-Ugly-the-Tree-of-Remembrance…

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Angela SeagerMarch 30th 2013.

Thank you Johathan...much appreciated

CobbydalerMarch 23rd 2013.

A wheel's going next to it? I despair...

www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/…/wish-you-were-here-manchester-1862508…

Angela SeagerMarch 29th 2013.

Check out photo of the World Class Attraction taken yesterday...
www.flickr.com/…/…

IanMarch 30th 2013.

They should move the bus station, get rid of that gypo ride, move bookmakers and pound shops, ban all street performers, preachers etc and not allow people on the grass or in the fountain.

Some horrible people in this country, need to get away some day

James MannersMarch 30th 2013.

Ian, glad I'm not going anywhere with you to day. What a miserable nasty rant from seemingly a very miserable person. The sun has been out, there's snow on the hills, great bars and restaurants to visit and every city has an area like Piccadilly Gardens. You've clearly never travelled at all. It really is time you left and found your clean paradise in some other Eden.

paulsouthernMarch 30th 2013.

I went to take a look at this yesterday, Not such a large footprint and lots of people enjoying themselves on it. Humbug, down with this sort of thing ;-)

AnonymousMarch 30th 2013.

I agree, visually and as an attraction it seems to work very well in Piccadilly.

Adam PrinceMarch 30th 2013.

I just know the thrill ride concept can be bigger, happier, better and bolder! Bring the future on Manchester! Lets make it 'large'! And agree, misery seeks no good company!

AnonymousMay 27th 2013.

I disagree as to why the council feels the gardens should become a friendly-family destination. In my opinion, Piccadilly Gardens serves just well as what it is now. It is directly right outside the station, and on a busy road I don't see how this area will even be suitable for where Children can play. The question at hand...is it safe? It's nice to promote and encourage family time and such opportunities for children, however I believe that's what parks are for. Now that's a safe open space, not a noisy, transport hub!

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