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Piccadilly Gardens 'not the right place' for street kitchens - says council

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.

Piccadilly Gardens Credit: Arj Singh/PA

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.

This is an issue about where people are setting street kitchens up – not what they are doing.

At the end of the day we all want the same thing – as few people as possible to end up on the streets or needing street kitchens in the first place and as many people as possible to be supported to get off them and build sustainable new lives.

– Cllr Sue Murphy, Manchester City Council