Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester.

Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester.

One of the hottest debates in our home city of Manchester is the future of Piccadilly Gardens. This once sunken oasis of urban greenery and brightly coloured flower beds, has become an eclectic mix of architectural objet d'art, with no real purpose or link to Manchester’s rich heritage or community.

The gardens has become a breeding ground for crime and anti-social behaviour over the last decade, and is fast becoming an embarrassing black mark on the amazing city I proudly call home. Surely such an essential and unique space within our ever expanding city should play a bigger part in the usability of our urban landscape. The objective should be to create an important community hub, not just for Mancunians but for tourists visiting our great city.