Part of Wesley Street Mill still standing

REMAINS: What is left of Wesley Street Mill
REMAINS: What is left of Wesley Street Mill
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This is what remains of a historic mill - almost three months after demolition work was halted.

Work to flatten Wesley Street Mill in Bamber Bridge, near Preston started last summer but at the end of October workmen downed tools over an issue between the site’s developers Gorrie Ltd and phone company EE.

An EE phone mast is on the tower section of the mill and it is the only part of the building that remains.

In November last year the mobile phone company said it was working to avoid any disruption to customers in the area by keeping the mast on the mill until a new location was found.

Today a spokesman for EE said: “We are still in the process of identifying and securing a new site in the area, and aim to have this resolved as soon as possible.”

It isn’t known how much longer the demolition work will be delayed but EE say they don’t want to leave customers without a signal.

Demolition started on the site after South Ribble Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead for plans to build up to 200 homes on the site, much to the dismay of campaigners who have been fighting to save the historic building.

Campaigners have suggested that remaining tower part of the building is redeveloped and left as a feature on the new housing estate.

The site’s developers, Gorrie Ltd declined to comment on the matter.

The mill, which is more than 100 years old, has been derelict for almost 15 years, having closed as a working mill in 1959.

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