Second notice served on ‘eyesore’ plots site

Councillors June Molyneaux, Kim Snape and Peter Wilson at the Skew Bridge allotment site
Councillors June Molyneaux, Kim Snape and Peter Wilson at the Skew Bridge allotment site
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A property company is in trouble with council bosses after an eyesore plot of land had another enforcement notice slapped upon it.

Campaigners have been battling to get a former allotment site at Skew Bridge, Bolton Road, Heath Charnock, tidied up.

“On the first occasion when the first enforcement notice was served they tidied it up for a time and it did look a bit better. But we’re 12 months on and it’s back to a tip again.”

Coun Kim Snape

Last May, Chorley Council served an enforcement notice on the site – which is in the green belt between the A6 Bolton Road and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal – and the landowner complied.

But the council has since received further complaints about the area’s unsightly appearance, which included the remains of sheds, tyres and an assortment of other items.

Now the authority’s development control committee has served a second notice requiring the removal of those items within 28 days.

A council report said the site is “a prominent location and viewed by visitors on a daily basis who pass the site travelling along the A6 and also walkers from the canalside towpath and boaters who use the canal”.

Bolton-based commercial property sales and lettings consultants Brooke and Co, which managed the allotments, have now been ordered to take further action.

Coun Kim Snape said: “On the first occasion when the first enforcement notice was served they tidied it up for a time and it did look a bit better. But we’re 12 months on and it’s back to a tip again.”

“I get onto the council every fortnight about it. It just goes on and on and it needs an end to it. For a prominent site on the A6 it’s not on really.”

No-one from Brooke and Co was available to comment.