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Trees Not Cars MCR

Hi we are Trees Not Cars MCR!

We are a team of ordinary and passionate locals who live and work around Ancoats and  we need your help...

On Thursday 17th October, Manchester City Council’s planning committee voted through controversial plans to use a former retail park in Ancoats as a temporary 440-space car park for up to two years. They ignored 12,200 people who signed our petition  to disagree (10,000 of these living in Greater Manchester and 5000 in Manchester city centre).  The site is next to a Primary School and along a road with illegal levels of pollution. The planning application for the car park was put forward on the same day the council declared a Climate Emergency.

We believe the 10.5 acre site should be used for community green space and social housing.

You may have noticed the site has STILL not been opened as a car park, that's all thanks to our group.

A judge has granted Gemma Cameron, founder of ‘Trees Not Cars’ campaign group, permission to appeal Manchester City Council’s planning decision to use the former Central Retail Park as a temporary charging 24/7 car park for two years. Obtaining permission is very difficult and rare and means the judge believes there are reasonable grounds to challenge the Council’s decision to build a car park. 

(Former Central Retail Park as seen from Great Ancoats Street during one of our events at the site. The Primary School is the white building behind the boarding.)

What will the money be spent on?
The funds raised will be used for the legal action and to support the next phase of our campaign to convince the Council that this space should be used for Trees Not Cars.

Who will benefit?
In addition to the students of New Islington Free Primary School and their families, those who live or work in and around Ancoats as well as all in Manchester who would benefit from a 10.5 acre PUBLIC green space! We envision somewhere for all people to exercise their bodies and rest their minds from busy city life.

What's next?
The first court hearing is on 25th March. We'll keep you updated.

Where can I find out more?
Check out  for more information on our visions for the site and any planned events.


  • Ailsa Waring
    • £10 
    • 3 yrs

Fundraising team: TreesNotCarsMCR (3)

Gemma Cameron
Raised £1,860 from 60 donations
Claire McDonald
Team member
Raised £370 from 16 donations
Julia Kovaliova
Team member
Raised £108 from 6 donations
This team raised £6,760 from 364 other donations.

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