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MetiNews.Com - One Manchester MP says bosses of the existing Manchester Arena should sell up if they do not believe the city can grow to accommodate two venues
Breaking News ! The operators of the existing Manchester Arena should sell up if they do not welcome the competition of a rival venue in east Manchester an MP has claimed. Blackley and Broughton MP Graham Stringer has made the comment as he throws his weight behind plans for a new indoor music, sport and and live entertainment arena next door to the Etihad Stadium. The Manchester Central MP, and Shadow Business Minister, Lucy Powell has also added her support to the project saying the new jobs it will create are invaluable given the current economic state of the country. Plans for the 23,500 capacity venue, which would become the biggest in Britain, were formally submitted in March and are set to be debated and decided upon by councillors in due course. CGI image showing showing how the inside of the new 23,500 capacity venue will look (Image: The Oak View Group (OVG)) Bosses have said they would be "aggressive" in trying to attract events such as award shows and elite sport as well as big music tours. The £350 million privately funded project is vehemently opposed by those behind the existing Manchester Arena who say it could force them out of business and impact on the city centre economy. Read More Related Articles Get the day's most-important news direct to your inbox Read More Related Articles All the new rules for pubs as they re-open on Saturday - what to bear in mind if you're heading out for a drink However in a letter, submitted as part of the ongoing public consultation, and sections of which have been seen by the Manchester Evening News, Mr Stringer claims 'competition is a good thing' and that Manchester could be left behind cities like Birmingham and London, which both have multiple arenas, if the plans are rejected. He has also gone further suggesting bosses of the existing Manchester Arena should put it up for sale if they not believe the city can grow to accommodate two big indoor venues. Bosses want to attract sport events as well as big music tours (Image: The Oak View Group (OVG)) In the strongly worded letter Labour's Mr Stringer says: "Standing still is not the Manchester way. "Saying ‘no’ is not the Manchester way. It never has been. Ours is a city whose reach has always exceeded its grasp. A city that can "It’s in our DNA. It is why we gave birth to the industrial revolution, the suffragette movement, modern computing and graphene. It’s why the world dances to our music. Because we look to the future, we reach out, we go for it, and the people benefit. "Manchester Arena is a great asset, but I have to disagree that a city like Manchester and the wider region does not have the potential to support two arenas from 2023 onwards Graham Stringer has sent a strongly worded letter of support to the town hall "I don’t want our city to fall behind places like Birmingham and London, which both successfully operate two or more arenas. "Competition is a good thing. It has already resulted in Manchester Arena themselves announcing major investment for the first time since it opened over 20 years ago. Read More Related Articles 'Shall we stab them?': Sick question asked by gang before launching assault which left three young men with horrific injuries Read More Related Articles Boris unveils New Deal for Britain with a strategy of 'build build build' to bounce back from coronavirus "And at a time of dire economic forecasts due to coronavirus, that is much needed. "But so is the £350m of private investment the second arena will bring. "Trade unions know the importance of this project. Workers know the importance of this project." Manchester Arena bosses say the city cannot sustain two big indoor and venues and 'one will fail' (Image: MEN Media) He added: "We are in a moment of crisis. But the partners we welcome now could see us at the front of the entertainment world in a few years while others are still organising their recovery. "This is what build back better means. "But we need partners across the city to believe the same.
. "There will be lots of interest from operators and investors able and willing to contribute to our future success and who share my view that Manchester is a city that can."
Lucy Powell is also supporting the plans for a second arena
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The MP whose Manchester Central constituency includes both the existing arena, and the proposed new venue, Lucy Powell, also says she supports it on the condition previously made promises about jobs for local people are kept. "I do support it, as I think it will support a lot of private investment into a part of the city that always needs it" Ms Powell told the Manchester Evening News.
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"Particularly during the economic times we are living in. "It would get going in September and would provide a large number of local jobs in construction and supply etc.
The site of the proposed new venue on the banks of the Ashton Canal on the Etihad Campus
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"I am satisfied there is a market for two arenas. Obviously that was one of my concerns, if it had a significant impact on the arena and all the nightlife it supports. "But I believe there is a market case. "And I support the proposed venue at Sportcity so long as there are measures to support local jobs. "It's also important we consider issues like parking for local residents but they have said they will pay for a resident's parking scheme"
The Manchester Arena recently published their own redevelopment and expansion plans
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The Manchester Arena announced just before lockdown in March plans for a revamp of their venue and an increase of the capacity from 21,000 to 24,000. No cost or time frame for this work has yet been given but bosses insist it has been two years in the planning to coincide with their 25th anniversary. They have reasserted their position, which they say is based on independent economic analysis, that the city cannot sustain two arenas.
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This is in contrast to analysis commissioned by Oak View Group, the American firm behind the new arena plans, which concluded "even the most conservative growth forecasts see a new arena succeeding without undermining the viability of the Manchester Arena." They claim the new facility could be worth over half a billion pounds to the city's economy over a 20 year period. However, a spokeswoman for the Manchester Arena's operators ASM Global said: "We will always support investment and regeneration in our city and that includes developments at Eastlands, which to date has done much to improve the East Manchester economy.
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“However, we cannot remain quiet when the proposals for a second arena are based on significantly flawed assumptions. "At a challenging time for the city, with many long-established businesses set to vanish, now is not the time for emotional rhetoric. Read today's top stories here “Now is the time for all evidence to be seriously evaluated – not dismissed – as we attempt to build back better. "Comprehensive evidence clearly shows that there is no market demand for a second major arena in the city. Simply building a second major venue will not create this demand, and one venue would fail. "Our redevelopment project, which has been in the works for over two years to celebrate our upcoming 25th birthday, fits with our city’s ambition and would sustainably support the growth of our city. It would deliver jobs, events and footfall for the city centre, without creating lasting damage to local business and the environment.”
They added: "We have shared all independent evidence with our councillors and local MPs, and the case is clear: an additional arena in Eastlands would damage air quality, devastate our city centre and its application is not in line with local and national policy.” Responses to the plans submitted to the town hall are being collected and as with all applications will be presented to councillors on the planning committee by officers in a report ahead of consideration. Despite some planning applications being considered by officers only using delegated powers during the pandemic the Manchester Evening News has been told due to its size and significance this application will be considered by the committee though no date has yet been set.
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