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'Why can't they film somewhere else? It's not a zoo'

Residents are said to be up in arms after their Ancoats parking spaces were suspended for a day for filming to take place.

Camera crews moved into George Leigh Street on Tuesday afternoon (February 13) after telling neighbours they were taking designated parking spaces off them on Sunday afternoon. The filming would also involve temporary ‘stop and go’ road closures for two-to-three minutes at a time, a letter from Quay Street Productions sent to residents said.

It added that residents could speak to staff on-location to help arrange alternative parking. One resident who contacted the Local Democracy Reporting Service said a neighbour was told to ‘move further up the street’. However, the street is full of camera crew vehicles and other cars attempting to use a limited amount of roadspace, they added.

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It has led Paul, who has lived in the area for 15 years, to park at a friend’s home in Collyhurst and walk back to his house. The technician has also hit out at the decision to film where he lives.

“Why don’t they film somewhere else? It’s not a zoo,” he said. “We were not told anything. We were not consulted. It just gets dumped on us.”

While the filming is only scheduled on one day, Paul has hit out at the proposed 11.30pm finishing time, which is only five-and-a-half hours before he needs to get up for work. He went on: “It’s out of order… I have had this before. Some of the [production companies] are quite good but some of them do not give a crap.”

Coun Alan Good, a Liberal Democrat representative for the area, added: "It is concerning that residents were only given two days’ notice about changes to parking bays on George Leigh Street, contrary to