Remainder of Wesley Street Mill set to stand for rest of the year

Photo Neil Cross'Wesley Street Mill, Bamber Bridge

Photo Neil Cross'Wesley Street Mill, Bamber Bridge

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The tower of an iconic mill is still dominating the skyline of Bamber Bridge – more than a year after demolition work began.

And work to flatten what remains of Wesley Street Mill is not likely to start again for months.

Demolition work on Wesley Street Mill started in June last year after South Ribble Council gave the go-ahead for plans to build upto 200 homes on the site, much to the dismay of campaigners who have been fighting to save the building.

But in November the work came to a halt because the tower part of the mill is home to a phone mast.

At the time EE said they were working to avoid disruption to customers by keeping the mast on the mill until a new location is found.

Now it looks like work won’t resume again until December, according to campaigners.

Derek Rogerson of the Save Wesley Street Mill campaign group said: “I am led to believe that EE/Orange will not be switching off the communication equipment that is sited on the tower until at least December.

“We can only conclude that the unjustified haste to start demolition last June was to ensure that any further campaigns to save the mill would be pointless if the biggest part of the iconic structure was reduced to rubble.”

Campaigner Charlotte Cropper added: “It looks like the tower is set to stand for the rest of the year.

“A demolition project that started in 2013 and that will end in 2015.

“The council were quick to remark on how unsafe the mill was – how safe is it now?

“It’s so disappointing to see the mill in its current state.”

Coun Tom Hanson, who represents Bamber Bridge West, which encompasses Wesley Street Mill, said: “They should have got the mobile phone mast off before demolition started.

“It looks a damn site worse than when the building was up.”

The site’s developers Gorrie Ltd, was unavailable for comment.

A spokesman for phone company EE said: “We are still going through the process of relocating the site while ensuring that signal in the area is not affected.

“We will be able to confirm details soon.”