It is claimed that proposals to recreate the area around the Little Borough railway station have “destroyed” several small businesses in the village.
Draft Little Bro. The Station Area Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out objectives for ‘renovation and redevelopment’, including ‘New Gateway Public Square’, improved parking and a definition of ‘rural heart’.
It has been described by Rochdale Council leaders as a ‘high-level’ document envisioning a place with a distinct, vibrant and authentic identity that allows people to celebrate ‘local communities and heritage’. And will allow construction.
Most of these are ‘aspiring’ and ‘broad brushes’ with plans to become clearer and clearer after a period of public consultation.
But the document is not entirely without details.
It recommends demolishing existing “low-quality existing buildings” on Victoria Street and replacing them with new commercial units.
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These units are currently owned by small businesses, including Hossen and Stuart Optician and Little Borough Podiatry.
Tory leader Councilor Ashley Deerenley has strongly criticized the council’s proposal to scrap the document – and has failed to consult with business owners.
Addressing the latest Pennies Township meeting, he agreed that it was “sensible” to plan for Little Borough – but said the SPD was “not all aspiring and top notch”.
“There are details – there are details that affect people’s lives,” he said.
“It’s about tearing down low-quality buildings on Victoria Street – it affects opticians, it affects chiropractors, it affects others.”
“You say you’ve discussed things with Coopt. I think it’s fair to discuss these issues with the owners of these businesses. Because what you’ve actually done is hurt those businesses.” Is.
“They can’t sell them when they have something in the plan. They are in a very difficult situation. They should have been consulted first.
County Darrenley said he fully supports a “broad brush” plan but the council should “not talk to you about it and not talk to people who are directly affected”.
“It’s completely wrong and random,” he added.
John Hussein – who owns Hussein and Stuart Options – then asked why his 36-year-old firm had not been notified of the demolition proposals.
Mr Hussein said his business had just spent 40 40,000 on the shop, which also employs six local women.
“You just threw it at us without consulting,” he said.
“Where are you going with all this?”
Councilor John Blundell, the economy’s portfolio holder, apologized for not consulting Mr Hussein and others, telling the meeting he was under the impression that he was.
But he said Mr Hussein’s views would now be included in the consultation and taken into account.
Coun Blundell said there should be a “first point” with any consultation and no plans have been made yet.
“There are always objections to what we first presented, so we have to come up with a plan and then consult, which it reports,” he added.
However, he belittled Coun Dearnley, accusing him of being ‘grand’ and ‘playing in the gallery’.
He said: “You have been given a full view of the project, including this site. [Victoria Street]. You didn’t say anything private but you are happy to stand on your soapbox and say it in public.
“You’ve seen as much of these plans as I have and you could have raised those points, but you haven’t,” added Blundell.
The Pence Township Committee met Wednesday night (September 9) at Number One Riverside.
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