Last Thursday the Labour Cabinet decided against selling 1.6 acres of council owned land to Patrick Properties. who wanted to build industrial units there. This will effectively freeze any further development on the South Lancs Industrial Estate.
I always maintained from the moment I first saw this development that it was inappropriate for the people of Ashton. It would have done nothing for the area except to cause more congestion and pollution in return for a few jobs.
The M.A.D. group must be very pleased with this decision. They have spent a year campaigning,organising public meetings in Ashton and Bryn and standing in Ashton town centre Ashton every Saturday to convince residents to oppose this development.
I would like to think that we can now move forward and find some other use for the land that would be beneficial for the whole community