Partly-demolished mill site ‘turning into another tip’

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Residents living near a partly-demolished mill site are growing increasingly frustrated by building work “mess” and flytipping on the land, according to a local councillor.

Coun Tom Hanson, who represents Bamber Bridge West, which encompasses Wesley Street Mill, told a South Ribble Council meeting: “I didn’t know we were getting another tip in Bamber Bridge.

“The Wesley Street Mill site is a disgrace, it’s such a mess.

“Can the council contact the site owner to clean and tidy it up? I’ve been getting a lot of complaints about it.”

Afterwards he added: “People are sick of the way the site is, it’s ridiculous and something has to be done about the rubbish that’s in there.

“What makes it worse is that there’s a school right next to it. I wouldn’t want to send my kids to a school next to that.”

A council spokesman said the authority is looking into the issue, but has limited powers because the site is privately owned.

The council has not receieved any reports of fly-tipping, but if it does, there is the possibility of enforcement action.

Demolition of the mill started in June to make way for a development of 200 homes. The work was stopped at the end of October because mobile phone company EE still has a lease on the tower, which holds phone masts.

EE and development company Gorrie Ltd, which owns the building and land, declined to comment after being contacted by the Evening Post.

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

The mill had been derelict for almost 15 years, having closed as a working mill in 1959.