Hoyle joins protest

Cuerden Woods protesters
Cuerden Woods protesters
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Residents campaigning against the build of a new care centre have received a boost of support from an MP.

Protesters are up in arms over the proposed plans to build an £8m care centre at Cuerden Hall in Bamber Bridge run by the Sue Ryder Care charity.

Campaigners feel ancient woodland in the area could be destroyed.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle has shown his support for the protesters and lodged an official objection to Chorley Council.

Sarah Elsy, a campaigner from the savecuerden.org group, said: “We are delighted with the news that Lindsay wants to support the campaign.

“He has shown in the past he has concerns about the green belt and it can only be a good thing somebody of his stature is supporting us.”

Mr Hoyle said: “We were approached by a number of residents who had concerns about the plans, it’s important we protect the greenland in the area and I’ve wrote to the planning department expressing my concerns.”

A spokesman from Sue Ryder, said: “Lindsay Hoyle wrote to us last year expressing some concerns about our planned development.

“We replied to his letter and explained that Cuerden Hall was a magnificent building, the facilities were no longer fit for purpose, and for the benefit of both staff and residents - many of whom have long-term neurological conditions and complex needs - we wanted to build a new specialist neurological centre on the existing site.