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PRIVATE FIRMS CALLED ON TO RESCUE MANCHESTER'S KING ST

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The Manchester Evening News (January 13, p7) reported that the city's council has made an appeal to the businesses ...
The Manchester Evening News (January 13, p7) reported that the city's council has made an appeal to the businesses to help save the city's most upmarket street.

A facelift scheme for King Street looked doomed, says the paper, when retailers failed to come up with their share of the£750,000 refurbishment cost.

Councillors voted to abandon the project, but now Manchester city council highways committee chair Tony Burns has made another appeal to traders.

He told the paper: 'King Street is one of the city's most important shopping centres and the work would complement improvements in St Anne's Square.

'But if the council cannot get enough help form the private sector it will not go ahead so we are asking people to think again.'

The council is seeking a£125,000 contribution from private business and has committed itself to finding£250,000 with£375,000 from the European Union.

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