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Winter 07 Bickerstaffe Record

Simonswood Industrial Estate update

01.26.07 | Comment?

(This is the article printed in the Winter ‘07 Bickerstaffe Record. Comments are welcome)

Readers will be aware from previous editions of the ongoing efforts by local residents and Simonswood Parish Council, with the support of our MP Rosie, to address the problems caused by poor regulation and enforcement at Simonswood Industrial Estate.

Finally, this pressure has resulted in one company being taken to court for ignoring regulations about noise disturbance to local residents. However, problems are likely to continue as long as the Council continues with its ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude to the Estate, with business operating on the site that are not even known about by the Council, never mind properly regulated.

To try to address the problem in the longer term, local campaigner Paul, with Labour Councillors in the area, have been working to ensure that a ‘Supplementary Planning Document’ is prepared for the whole site, as part of the overall Local Development Plan due to come into force in 2009. This would provide for very clear guidance on what should and should not be on the Estate, and allow for at least a gradual upgrade from a ‘dirty’ estate to one devoted to cleaner, regulated businesses. A good example of how this can be done is Burscough Industrial Estate, which has ‘cleaned up its act’ considerably in the last 15 years and is now a relatively attractive site for businesses.

This will be a slow process, and in the meantime we will continue to press for proper enforcement with existing users. We will keep residents informed of the Local Development plan process as it takes place, so that they get a say on the proposed Supplementary Planning document. All are welcome to post their views on this at bickerstafferecord.org or contact Paul.

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