Packed meeting hears concerns about Horwich Loco Works development

Packed meeting hears concerns about Horwich Loco Works development

Packed meeting hears concerns about Horwich Loco Works development

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CONTAMINATION by asbestos, further traffic disruption and the lack of schools were the hot topics debated by Horwich residents, as they vented their views on the proposed development of the former Loco Works site.

More than 150 peope packed into a function room at the Horwich RMI to hear about the Rivington Chase scheme, which includes building 1,700 new homes.

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

But at tonight's open meeting people voiced opposition that 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.

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11:53pm Mon 17 Mar 14

isischylde says...

Spell check People :)
Spell check People :) isischylde
  • Score: -6

12:50am Tue 18 Mar 14

Topsider says...

Do the council/planners ever listen to our views, let alone consider them? All they will see is lots of money from all the council tax to be generated from bringing Horwich to a total gridlock.
Do the council/planners ever listen to our views, let alone consider them? All they will see is lots of money from all the council tax to be generated from bringing Horwich to a total gridlock. Topsider
  • Score: 19

7:58am Tue 18 Mar 14

MyownPOV says...

Well done to Horwich Council for arranging the meeting and Kevin for chairing it so that the key topics (health, transport, infrastructure, development, contamination) were covered, keeping the meeting moving and allowing most people to express their opinions on things. The Horwich Council vote on the initial planning application is on Thursday and in all likelihood it will get passed. Even though Horwich and Bolton Councils may give their consent the prospects of actual building is still a long way off happening. I can't see any building companies wanting to take the risk of buying land to uncover the toxic mess that is buried there. Contaminated land treatment, demolition of contaminated buildings will be extortionately expensive so how when that is factored in to the build cost will properties on this development site be profitable to build or affordable to buy. A lot of wasted money and effort here on a site that will prove to be unviable as building land.
Well done to Horwich Council for arranging the meeting and Kevin for chairing it so that the key topics (health, transport, infrastructure, development, contamination) were covered, keeping the meeting moving and allowing most people to express their opinions on things. The Horwich Council vote on the initial planning application is on Thursday and in all likelihood it will get passed. Even though Horwich and Bolton Councils may give their consent the prospects of actual building is still a long way off happening. I can't see any building companies wanting to take the risk of buying land to uncover the toxic mess that is buried there. Contaminated land treatment, demolition of contaminated buildings will be extortionately expensive so how when that is factored in to the build cost will properties on this development site be profitable to build or affordable to buy. A lot of wasted money and effort here on a site that will prove to be unviable as building land. MyownPOV
  • Score: 11

10:05am Tue 18 Mar 14

bigbob123 says...

As a person who thought that the build was a cracking Idea and thought that the Horwich folk were bonkers for contesting it, I decided to come to the meeting and I'm glad I did.
I would like to apologise for my slur at Horwich residents in the past because I could see what the fuss was about.
The Place could be riddled with Asbestos and Cyanide and the firm that have been brought in to test the "unknown" piece of land are only able to do one bore hole every half a football field to test this due to the councils lack of funding for this important test.
Secondly I would of thought that the traffic issue would of been taken into consideration as there are further new builds being put through but it seems that the council have adopted a "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it" attitude which totally knocked any confidence I had for the council.
Green lane football field has been allocated for housing but.... "don't worry yet because no one has contacted us about building on it"
The only thing that upset me a little was that towards the end of the meeting, residents were straying off the path a little by talking about the greenwood and swallowfields and a bit was concentrated on Armstrongs which allowed the councillors some breathing space and a chance to say "have faith in us" by saying that Armstrongs would NOT be staying in Bolton.
But well done the Horwich Folk for giving me faith, the points argued were put across brilliantly and I can honestly say that I am now AGAINST this build and that I WILL be signing the online petition and I WILL be coming to the meetings more and I WILL stand up and put my point across to the big wigs and I will NOT let them dodge any questions that they find awkward to answer.
4 years I've lived here compared to over 21 as a born and bred Wiganer and I tell you what, I've seen more passion in one town meeting than any debate in Wigan.
As a person who thought that the build was a cracking Idea and thought that the Horwich folk were bonkers for contesting it, I decided to come to the meeting and I'm glad I did. I would like to apologise for my slur at Horwich residents in the past because I could see what the fuss was about. The Place could be riddled with Asbestos and Cyanide and the firm that have been brought in to test the "unknown" piece of land are only able to do one bore hole every half a football field to test this due to the councils lack of funding for this important test. Secondly I would of thought that the traffic issue would of been taken into consideration as there are further new builds being put through but it seems that the council have adopted a "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it" attitude which totally knocked any confidence I had for the council. Green lane football field has been allocated for housing but.... "don't worry yet because no one has contacted us about building on it" The only thing that upset me a little was that towards the end of the meeting, residents were straying off the path a little by talking about the greenwood and swallowfields and a bit was concentrated on Armstrongs which allowed the councillors some breathing space and a chance to say "have faith in us" by saying that Armstrongs would NOT be staying in Bolton. But well done the Horwich Folk for giving me faith, the points argued were put across brilliantly and I can honestly say that I am now AGAINST this build and that I WILL be signing the online petition and I WILL be coming to the meetings more and I WILL stand up and put my point across to the big wigs and I will NOT let them dodge any questions that they find awkward to answer. 4 years I've lived here compared to over 21 as a born and bred Wiganer and I tell you what, I've seen more passion in one town meeting than any debate in Wigan. bigbob123
  • Score: 15

8:17pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Brumas says...

I was at the meeting last night and one thing struck me, as the wrong procedure, how can Horwich Planning Committee make a decision other than to defer, when the Planning Officer has not written his report recommendations to the Planning Committee either for or against the application.
I was at the meeting last night and one thing struck me, as the wrong procedure, how can Horwich Planning Committee make a decision other than to defer, when the Planning Officer has not written his report recommendations to the Planning Committee either for or against the application. Brumas
  • Score: 2

12:54am Wed 19 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

I'd rather live on Mars than a site like that!!! Fingers crossed it get's thrown out but only time will tell.
I'd rather live on Mars than a site like that!!! Fingers crossed it get's thrown out but only time will tell. wsw69
  • Score: 3

8:02pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Prosustainabledevelop says...

This brownfield site and groundwater is polluted with buried toxic industrial waste and is therefore unfit for house building and the planning proposals should be discontinued. The site should be left at present, and then dealt with by independent experts in a more professional manner in the future, when economic conditions are more favorable. Rivington and Blackrod High School is already one of the largest comprehensives in the country and oversubscribed at present. Horwich already has a fantastic range of housing for its 25000+ residents. Two major roads running through the town are diesel-polluted and congested around two primary schools and the M61 junction. Does our town need this ill-conceived and detrimental development in its current form? - NO. Does the Loco Works need developing in the future in partnership with independent expert consultants and Horwich residents?-YES.
This brownfield site and groundwater is polluted with buried toxic industrial waste and is therefore unfit for house building and the planning proposals should be discontinued. The site should be left at present, and then dealt with by independent experts in a more professional manner in the future, when economic conditions are more favorable. Rivington and Blackrod High School is already one of the largest comprehensives in the country and oversubscribed at present. Horwich already has a fantastic range of housing for its 25000+ residents. Two major roads running through the town are diesel-polluted and congested around two primary schools and the M61 junction. Does our town need this ill-conceived and detrimental development in its current form? - NO. Does the Loco Works need developing in the future in partnership with independent expert consultants and Horwich residents?-YES. Prosustainabledevelop
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