Second notice served on ‘eyesore’ plots

EYESORE: Councillors June Molyneaux, Kim Snape and Peter Wilson at the Skew Bridge allotment site in Heath Charnock.

EYESORE: Councillors June Molyneaux, Kim Snape and Peter Wilson at the Skew Bridge allotment site in Heath Charnock.

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A property company is in trouble with council bosses again after an eyesore plot of land had another enforcement notice slapped upon it.

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

I think 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.

Councillor 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.

The land was being used as allotments, however all tenants have now left the site and the land has been abandoned.

The council 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.

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

Councillor Kim Snape, who has campaigned to get the site smartened up, had described the area as looking like “a shanty town”.

She said: “I think 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.”