We’ll begin with the good news this month: the team at Station South announced that they have achieved their crowdfunder target, so have extended the deadline until the end of October with the aim of reaching £80,000 towards additional elements of the project, including the external landscaping, shipping container and community outreach in the design stages. Exciting times ahead for Levy’s cycling cafe.

There’s more good news for Localcheck fans, as we have three articles. Ged Camera reports back on the PARK(ing) Day event staged by Manchester Friends of the Earth, which Lucas Jones then develops by looking at the city-regional strategies in place to address land use and movement around the city centre. Jones also adds his thoughts on the electoral boundary changes announced recently. From November’s issue there’s a change of section editor for Localcheck: Jane Walton is set the take the reins for both Localcheck and Art, so if you’d like to contribute to either, then say hello via jane@weareopus.org.

Elsewhere, we interview Crumpsall alt-rockers Easter and there are reviews across film, music, theatre and books.

You may also notice the specially themed background for this issue. The man painting this magazine’s moniker as a mural is this month’s featured artist, Rob Lee, who was commissioned as part of our Sheffield edition’s tenth anniversary year activities. Find out more about it among the page links to the right, and remember to view any background art by using the toggle button in the top left hand corner of each page.

Enjoy the read.