Manchester – It’s been a favourite meeting place for Manchester’s sweethearts since 1934 and now, for the first time, happy couples are able to exchange their vows in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, Central Library.
The Grade II* listed building, which fronts the city’s most desirable new destination St Peter’s Square, is now licensed to host civil ceremonies and is primed to become the most exclusive new wedding venue in the city.
The much anticipated wedding package offers couples the opportunity to be married in the privacy of one of Manchester’s best loved spaces, with exclusive access to the building being made available on Sundays.
While it was under construction in the 1930s, Manchester people referred to Central Library as the ‘Corporation Wedding Cake’, in reference to its unusual and unmissable shape – and E. Vincent Harris’ architectural masterpiece is now set to become a breathtaking setting for wedding ceremonies and celebrations.
After a four-year, £50m refurbishment, Central Library reopened in March last year, with 70 per cent of its space accessible to the public, compared to just 30 per cent before its temporary closure.
The previously hidden heritage spaces and the magnificent Wolfson Reading Room provide a unique backdrop for wedding photographs – while the library’s curved contemporary spaces, each offering a unique view of the city, are the perfect place to continue wedding celebrations into the evening.
Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: “After the successful, painstaking refurbishment of Central Library, we are now able to offer couples the chance to celebrate one of the most important days of their lives at one of the city’s most beautiful and treasured buildings.”
A man spotted dropping a cigarette butt in the city centre has been ordered to pay a total of £420.
Manchester City Council officers can hand out on the spot £80 fines to anyone they spot dropping litter, but anyone who refuses to pay this can be taken to court.
Christopher Lear, aged 34 and of Carisbrook Street, Harpurhey, was fined £160 with £240 costs and a £20 victims of crime surcharge.
On Friday 18 July 2014 A Manchester City Council enforcement officer operating in Piccadilly Gardens witnessed Lear drop his cigarette butt to the ground and walk away.
Lear gave his details and accepted a fixed penalty notice, but the City Council took him to court after he didn’t pay the fine, despite being sent a reminder letter. Lear failed to turn up to the hearing and the case was proved in his absence.
In addition to the council officers a dedicated team of litter busters, who started working in the city centre in November 2014, have been handing out on the spot fines to people seen dropping cigarette butts, coffee cups, burger wrappers and other items.
City Council officers and civil enforcement officers will continue to hand out the notices, while around 25 PCSOs have also received additional training to look out for litter bugs.
The City Council has installed nearly 700 new litter bins and 20 recycling bins in the city centre as part of a major campaign urging residents and visitors to take responsibility and not drop litter.
Cllr Bernard Priest, Manchester City Council’s deputy leader, said: “This prosecution shows that we are extremely serious in tackling the issue of littering in Manchester. There is no excuse for this individual to drop his cigarette butt on the street when there are bins with an external ashtray nearby.
“City Council officers, working with our dedicated team of litter busters in the city centre, are constantly on the look-out for people dropping their waste in our streets. We will not hesitate to issue on the spot fines to people we see doing this.”