Wesley Street Mill still standing 18 months on from start of demolition work

Still standing: Wesley Street Mill in Bamber Bridge, near Preston
Still standing: Wesley Street Mill in Bamber Bridge, near Preston
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This is what remains of an iconic mill – 18 months since the demolition work first started.

Demolition work on Wesley Street Mill in Bamber Bridge, near Preston, started in June 2013 after council chiefs gave the go ahead for up to 200 homes to be built on the site.

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

Now more than a year since the work was stopped it isn’t known when the work will continue.

It is understood the hold up is still because of the phone mast.

Coun David Watts, who represents Bamber Bridge East, said he thinks a new location for a mast should have been found before the work got underway.

He said: “I do not know what is going to happen. It is still the mast that is causing the problem. I think it should have been done the other way round.”

Derek Rogerson of the Save Wesley Street Mill campaign group said: “The campaigners who fought hard to save this once iconic building always knew this would be a potential sticking point and we asked on countless occasions for them to delay demolition until the communications issue was resolved.”

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

The mill, which was more than 100 years old, had been derelict for a number of years.

It is the former home of the Bamber Bridge Spinning and Weaving Company. It closed as a working mill in 1959.

Mobile phone company EE was also unable to provide a comment by deadline.

Last July they said they were “still going through the process of relocating the site” and would confirm details soon.