The fight to save Ancoats Dispensary

Monday, 10 September, 2012 (All day)

Loz Kaye joins a protest meeting at the threat to a listed monument to enlightened social policy, the home of the first hospital orthopedic department in the world.

The Dispensary is the last remnant of a city that has been all but swept away; the vision of transforming the Cardroom estate that started this chain reaction simply hasn't lived up to the hype. Back in 2007 it was said that the development was to by complete by 2012 and was to be "the most ambitious regeneration project in the world".

We all want to see improvements to our city and our lives, but the Dispensary is a link with the past that is also a potent reminder that developer's PR froth is just that. To lose the building would be a signal that no responsibility needs to be taken, that some people can just walk away. As one woman puts it bluntly in the meeting, "it was an experiment in social cleansing".