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Manchester walks may be affected by redundancies

Posted 13 January 2011
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Manchester walks may be affected by redundancies
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Those who like to put on their walking boots and explore the greener areas of Manchester may find paths and open spaces are not kept as well as hitherto due to job cuts by the city council.

A total of 2,000 posts - amounting to 17 per cent of the workforce - will have to go in the next year, council leader Richard Leese has said.

This could mean services such as the maintenance of paths and parks will be cut back as the authority seeks to make £110 million of savings.

Open areas in Manchester include spaces close to the River Mersey in the south of the city, while large parks include Platt Fields, Wythenshawe Park, Heaton Park and Boggart Hole Clough.

Nearby Bolton Council recently announced its cuts will involve making its entire rights of way team redundant, which led to a protest by local walkers with the backing of the Ramblers.
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