Under new arrangements, from Thursday 1 August 2019, Manchester City Council is asking those setting up street kitchens to use a different location.

Instead, those who set up street kitchens are being offered the use of Manchester Central Fire Station car park, which the council say is a more appropriate and self-contained venue.

Those who run regular street kitchens are being notified about the new arrangements.

The council say Piccadilly Gardens is not the right place for street kitchens - a quieter, more appropriate space is needed to support vulnerable people.

Alongside the Manchester Homelessness Partnership, the council say they are keen to work with street kitchens in the city to help them better link their work in with other support services for homeless people and others in need.

Councillor Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said:

We know that people running street kitchens care and want to help. But we are clear that Piccadilly Gardens is not the right place to do this.

Cllr Sue Murphy, Manchester City Council