'Putrid smell' coming from former Bromley Cross restaurant site

'Putrid smell' coming from former Bromley Cross restaurant site

A plume of smoke can be seen coming from the car park of the former Green Bengal restaurant

A plume of smoke can be seen coming from the car park of the former Green Bengal restaurant

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

RESIDENTS living near a former restaurant in Bromley Cross have complained to Bolton Council about a “putrid smell” coming from the site.

Plumes of white smoke have been spotted coming from the back of the old Green Bengal building in Darwen Road, which could be knocked down and turned into a Sainsburys and two other shops, if plans are approved.

One resident, Simon Pearce, who lives in Lower House Walk, contacted the council to make a formal complaint about the smoke — and also raised concerns that work had started on the building before developers, CW Construction, had formally been given permission.

He said: “The air was unpleasant to breathe in, and I could smell it from my house a few hundred yards away.

“The whole impression the builders on the site have been given is that the building is ready to come down and be demolished — but they haven’t received planning permission yet.

“I find it disrespectful to the local community and it’s insensitive.”

At the latest meeting of the planning committee, councillors deferred making a decision on the building, previously The Volunteer pub, until March to give time for developers to consider reducing the number of units on the site.

A spokesman from CW Construction confirmed that a brazier — a portable heater which burns coals — had been used on the site by workmen, but stopped on Tuesday.

He denied the company had started any work on the building but said they had started some building work on the car park area.

He said: “While we would be perfectly entitled to commence internal strip out works without any planning permission, we would point out that no works will be undertaken prior to planning permission being determined.

“With regard to the works being undertaken in the car park area, these are site investigation works.”

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12:12pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Hollieanne says...

It's a foregone conclusion and the builders know it! While I'm not against another supermarket in Bromley Cross, in order to give the extortionate Co-op some competition, this is entirely the wrong place for it. It is a terrible corner, a bus route (cars are already parking down the bottom of Lord's Stile Lane causing difficulty), and there are three schools in the vicinity spread over four sites. There is already chaos between three and four o'clock in this area and the thought of a bus (they run on the hour and half hour) trying to negotiate this route at this time leaves me cold. In my opinion there should be NO building or preparatory work done until permission has been granted.
It's a foregone conclusion and the builders know it! While I'm not against another supermarket in Bromley Cross, in order to give the extortionate Co-op some competition, this is entirely the wrong place for it. It is a terrible corner, a bus route (cars are already parking down the bottom of Lord's Stile Lane causing difficulty), and there are three schools in the vicinity spread over four sites. There is already chaos between three and four o'clock in this area and the thought of a bus (they run on the hour and half hour) trying to negotiate this route at this time leaves me cold. In my opinion there should be NO building or preparatory work done until permission has been granted. Hollieanne
  • Score: 12

6:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

p.rhanna says...

Moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan....That place has been a dump for a very long time....The schools have been there for a very long time....nothings changed in Bromley Cross for a very long time.....why do people complain when something new comes to town?
The deals already been done.....accept change and move on.......or continue to get ripped off at the Co op that's had the monopoly of the area since I was a kid.......!
Moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan moan....That place has been a dump for a very long time....The schools have been there for a very long time....nothings changed in Bromley Cross for a very long time.....why do people complain when something new comes to town? The deals already been done.....accept change and move on.......or continue to get ripped off at the Co op that's had the monopoly of the area since I was a kid.......! p.rhanna
  • Score: 6

8:39pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Comment777 says...

Let us have a sweepstake as to the age of the first child or adult injured or killed because of a vehicle leaving or entering this site...

I shall start 12 year old, from Turton High School, just hope he or she is not related to any contributors here or to someone who has not protested about such over development of an important historical site.

I see the council have given the developers the opportunity to reduce the number of units on the site...as I proposed would happen...bunch of corrupt, back hander grabbing, avaricious barstewards...

Good luck to all Bromley Cross residents, you should next year win the competition for ugliest building in a village setting. Hope the roads can cope with the extra traffic, but wait, they can't now....
Let us have a sweepstake as to the age of the first child or adult injured or killed because of a vehicle leaving or entering this site... I shall start 12 year old, from Turton High School, just hope he or she is not related to any contributors here or to someone who has not protested about such over development of an important historical site. I see the council have given the developers the opportunity to reduce the number of units on the site...as I proposed would happen...bunch of corrupt, back hander grabbing, avaricious barstewards... Good luck to all Bromley Cross residents, you should next year win the competition for ugliest building in a village setting. Hope the roads can cope with the extra traffic, but wait, they can't now.... Comment777
  • Score: 4

1:47pm Sat 22 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

I smell a rat !!!!!!!!
I smell a rat !!!!!!!! boltonnut
  • Score: 2

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