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Mersey Basin Campaign: a partnership approach to river basin management
The Mersey Basin Campaign was established as one of the series initiatives, launched in the wake of riots in Liverpool, that were designed to kick start regeneration of England’s Northwest. At the time the Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Heseltine called the River Mersey ”an affront to the standards a civilised society should demand of its environment". It was recognised that a combination of public, private voluntary sector action was necessary, leading to the Mersey Basin Campaign partnership being formed in 1985. This partnership has developed since its inception, with changes in the governance structure of the Campaign creating wider participation from business, academia, community and voluntary groups. The partnership of the Mersey Basin Campaign brings together disparate groups and sectors to work together towards a shared mission. Today, the Mersey and its tributaries are cleaner than at any time since the industrial revolution. The transformation of the River Mersey has been supported by a combination of major investment and genuine partnership working at regional and local level.
Mersey Basin Campaign - Governance and Organisation
A document discussing the background to the emergence of the Mersey Basin Campaign, its initial aims and objectives, the emergence of the partnership, the organisational structure of the Mersey Basin Campaign, creating long term partnership through an number of organisational structures, delivering action, its performance and its critical success factors.
Sounds of the City
John Robb introduces us to the hearmanchester.com audio trail, a series of ten audio files intended to be listened to whilst wandering along the Rochdale Canal in the city centre. The audio trail features stories and interviews from local experts and gives a unique insight into Manchester’s fascinating social, cultural, industrial and radical history. From the rise of suffrage to the first time the Sex Pistols played, from Marx and Engels to the largest gay village in the country, hearmanchester.com covers it all whilst focussing on the integral role the Rochdale Canal has played in forming the city of Manchester as we know it today.
Environmental Champion - Pete Bradshaw
Source talks to Pete Bradshaw, corporate social responsibility manager at Manchester City Football Club. He discusses how his previous career led him to his current position and explains the ways Manchester City FC are working with communities to promote sustainability.
Feel Good Factor
Helen Clifton explores some of the range of projects going on as part of the Mersey Basin Campaign’s annual Mersey Basin Week. She visits various successful projects and finds out how being part of Mersey Basin Week has helped people of all ages and abilities get out and about and enjoying their local environment.
People often cry out for more green spaces in out towns and cities, but with associated maintenance costs and health and safety issues, new green spaces are not often seen as a viable option. Phil Griffin poses the idea that new public spaces need not be green as long as the space, whatever it may be, is properly conceived, used and well maintained.
Regional Parks Xchange Baseline Study
The purpose of this report was to summarise progress to date on the development of Regional Parks in Northwest England. The report was produced by Andy Routledge at the Mersey Basin Campaign / Regional Parks Xchange with substantial and helpful input from all of the Regional Parks teams. This represented the first time attempt to draw progress on all of the Regional Parks together into a single report. The Northwest Development Agency and the Mersey Basin Campaign worked together on the Regional Parks Xchange project between 2007 and 2010 to support the development of Regional Parks as a vital regeneration tool in the delivery of the Regional Economic Strategy.
Case Study: Action Partnerships
This case study is part of a specially written series focusing on our local action projects. They are designed to show you how some of our best projects were delivered. Each case study provides background information, examines the original project idea, methodology, funding information, looks at who was involved, and draws out lessons learned from the experience. We hope these case studies will prove useful and inspirational, especially for those delivering similar work. This case study focuses on the network of local Action Partnerships itself, looking at the organisation and governance of the Action Partnerships, how they were structured and funded, and the kinds of work they undertook.