Schools, traffic and asbestos: Horwich residents air their fears over Loco Works Development

The Bolton News: The packed meeting to discuss the Loco Works plans The packed meeting to discuss the Loco Works plans

CONTAMINATION by asbestos, further traffic disruption and the lack of schools were discussed by Horwich residents at a meeting about the proposed development of the former Loco Works site.

More than 150 people packed into a function room at the Horwich RMI club to hear about the Rivington Chase scheme, which if approved will see a new “town” of 1,700 new homes built on brownfield land.

Developers Horwich Vision said it believes the proposals could regenerate the area and bring in an extra £19 million to local business.

But at Monday's open meeting, people voiced opposition, saying the council and planners were not listening to their concerns over the increased pressure of traffic and the potential risk to health, due to the “unknown” level of asbestos in the former factory ground.

Horwich Vision said it planned to spend £200,000 investigating contam-ination by asbestos and cyanide deposits in the area — which has about 160 bore holes — and is working with three former workers to find the areas most affected.

But Barry Jubb, who lives downhill from the development, said the risk of potential future birth deformities was substantial.

He added: “We are talking about moving hundreds and hundreds of tonnes of this stuff, and we don’t know where it is. You can’t take the risk.

“The buck stops with you. You make this decision on informed information that I will hand over to you.”

Colin Sherrington, who lives in Stock Park, also called for an independent traffic survey to be carried out before planning permission is given.

He said: “My personal surveys show the Loco Works entrance junction already to have serious problems during afternoon rush hour and everyone already suffers delays when travelling to Bolton, Middlebrook, Parkway or the motorway.

“All current ideas to solve the additional traffic seem to be trying to fit more cars on the same road, slowing traffic down even more.”

Horwich Town Council will decide whether to formally support the scheme at tomorrow’s meeting, before a decision is taken by Bolton Council.

Chairman of the meeting, Cllr Kevin McKeon, said he was satisfied that the developers were aware of the issues surrounding asbestos.

He added: “It is a really significant issue that has to be dealt with.

“I hope you feel that you can trust us and I hope this meeting shows we are listening, and we will do our best to make sure things go well.”

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12:58pm Wed 19 Mar 14

trotter1874 says...

It's simple.........build a development on that site to that scale will bring Horwich to a standstill. Chorley New Rd from Aldi to the Beehive is already hugely congested at peak hours. This needs to be stopped!!
It's simple.........build a development on that site to that scale will bring Horwich to a standstill. Chorley New Rd from Aldi to the Beehive is already hugely congested at peak hours. This needs to be stopped!! trotter1874
  • Score: 11

1:10pm Wed 19 Mar 14

bigbob123 says...

What time does this meeting kick off and can anyone go?
What time does this meeting kick off and can anyone go? bigbob123
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1:32pm Wed 19 Mar 14

catsden says...

No matter what people think, this Council will take NO NOTICE AT ALL, they don't care about the residents of Horwich. The traffic is bad enough as it is, it's going to take at least 30mins to get from Aldi to the Beehive in peak times. Wake up Bolton Council for goodness sake
No matter what people think, this Council will take NO NOTICE AT ALL, they don't care about the residents of Horwich. The traffic is bad enough as it is, it's going to take at least 30mins to get from Aldi to the Beehive in peak times. Wake up Bolton Council for goodness sake catsden
  • Score: 9

3:10pm Wed 19 Mar 14

I.careless2 says...

the council are determined to create congestion one way or another
if they solved the road issues first then most people would back off complaining

but they don't want to do that its too cost efficient and lets be honest it feels to the average person on the street like they must pay someone in the council to find the least cost efficient and logical way of doing any job they have to do.
the council are determined to create congestion one way or another if they solved the road issues first then most people would back off complaining but they don't want to do that its too cost efficient and lets be honest it feels to the average person on the street like they must pay someone in the council to find the least cost efficient and logical way of doing any job they have to do. I.careless2
  • Score: 7

9:51pm Wed 19 Mar 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

Town council meeting starts at 7.15 the planning meeting starts at 7.30 and yes anyone can go! As a Liberal democrat councillor I can assure you that my fellow party members and myself will always listen to the public sadly this is not always the case with some members and Bolton council can override our recommendations something I have always felt is wrong when a decision is made in Horwich by people who know the town that decision should stand!
Town council meeting starts at 7.15 the planning meeting starts at 7.30 and yes anyone can go! As a Liberal democrat councillor I can assure you that my fellow party members and myself will always listen to the public sadly this is not always the case with some members and Bolton council can override our recommendations something I have always felt is wrong when a decision is made in Horwich by people who know the town that decision should stand! steverock6@sky.com
  • Score: 2

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