Levenshulme Barber Moreno Zocca, known affectionately as 'Tony,' has found himself an unlikely star of the Gorton By-election.
The popular barbers, which has traded on the site since 1971, is the last shop standing on what is now a demolition site. A newsagents that once stood on the site has been demolished, as has the old cinema. Apart from the barbers, the site has been undeveloped for years. The site is the responsibility of Manchester City Council with part of it owned by the Salford Diocese.
Liberal Democrat Candidate for Manchester Gorton Jackie Pearcey paid Moreno a visit to discuss the issue and has pledged to sort the situation '...once and for all.' The Liberal Democrats have also raised the issue with the Salford Diocese, who own part of the site with St Mary and of the Angels and St Clare's Church being behind the shop.
Jackie Pearcey said:
"Tony's the Barbers is a Levenshulme Institution. Moreno has been treated appallingly by the Council, who promised long ago to clean up the site."
"He is now working on a building site surrounded by scaffolding. If there is one area that typifies the area's neglect by a Labour Council - it's this one."
"I pledge to use my influence if elected to get Moreno and the site around the barbers on Stockport Road sorted once and for all."
Moreno Zocca said:
"I'm pleased that Jackie came to see me and has promised to get to grips with the conditions I'm working in."
"I've been let down by the Council. I have remained loyal to Levenshulme for decades and supported various community events like the Christmas Lights' Switch On and the Levenshulme Festival."
"I just want the Council to keep its promises. If becoming the star of this election is the answer then I'm happy to do that."