Manchester City Council



Economy Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting: Webcast at

Contact: Michael Williamson 

Note: You can watch the meeting live here - 

No. Item


Urgent Business

To consider any items which the Chair has agreed to have submitted as urgent.



To consider any appeals from the public against refusal to allow inspection of background documents and/or the inclusion of items in the confidential part of the agenda.



To allow Members an opportunity to [a] declare any personal, prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests they might have in any items which appear on this agenda; and [b] record any items from which they are precluded from voting as a result of Council Tax/Council rent arrears; [c] the existence and nature of party whipping arrangements in respect of any item to be considered at this meeting. Members with a personal interest should declare that at the start of the item under consideration.  If Members also have a prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interest they must withdraw from the meeting during the consideration of the item.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 157 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 5 November 2020.


Manchester Digital Strategy pdf icon PDF 216 KB

Report of the Director of Inclusive Economy attached


This report provides the background of the Manchester Digital Strategy’s development, and its alignment to the city’s strategic priorities. The appended presentation on the emerging Manchester Digital Strategy will be presented to the Committee at the meeting for consideration.

Additional documents:


HS2 Phase 2b Western Leg Design Refinement Consultation Response pdf icon PDF 313 KB

Report of the Strategic Director (Growth and Development) attached


This report outlines the Council’s proposed response to the Design Refinement Consultation (DRC) being carried out by HS2 Ltd. on the western leg of Phase 2b of HS2 (Manchester-Crewe). The consultation seeks views on updates to station designs at both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport, in addition to a route alignment change, in order to reduce the impact on the existing train care facility at Ardwick,  and to facilitate the integration of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) at both Piccadilly and Manchester Airport high speed stations.

Additional documents:


Update on COVID-19 Activity pdf icon PDF 593 KB

Report of the Strategic Director (Growth and Development) attached


This report provides a further update summary of the current situation in the city in relation to COVID-19 and an update on the work progressing in Manchester in relation to areas within the remit of this Committee.


Overview Report pdf icon PDF 856 KB

Report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit


This report provides the Committee with details of key decisions that fall within the Committee’s remit and an update on actions resulting from the Committee’s recommendations. The report also includes the Committee’s work programme, which the Committee is asked to amend as appropriate and agree.