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Tyldesley Meadows group plans to take Wigan Council to arbitration over busway forest
TYLDESLEY Meadows Action Group is threatening to take Wigan Council to arbitration over the Higher Folds forest project and guided busway plans.
The group had previously raised several concerns with the way the project has been handled and feel facts have been kept from them to allow the project to be approved.
Despite many attempts to clarify these concerns with Transport for Greater Manchester and Wigan Council, the protestors are not happy with the response they have received on several occasions.
Group leader Richard Borden said: “The response we are receiving from the council is frustrating. They are making it difficult by providing quarter answers so we willt ake our complaint to the deputy director of planning, the last stage of formal complaint with before arbitration. ”
The group feel that plans to dig up the meadow for the busway project and re-plant nearly 40,000 trees using soil excavated for it were kept quiet and not displayed in appropriate places.
Richard said: “We stress that the consultation was inadequate as it did not include Squires Lane or Tyldesley and notifications were inadequate or not posted.
“Wigan Council are unable to answer many of the points, so we have escalated the complaint and notified the council that we will be taking this to the Local Government Ombudsman for arbitration.”
Residents feel that there are several issues with the permission granted by the council, including timings of inspections and that other sites were not considered.
Wigan Council director of economy, Steve Normington, said: ”This petition relates to an area of land owned by the Forestry Commission at Higher Folds, Leigh, for which planning permission was granted in November 2012.
“The permission is for the importation of fill material which will comprise of excess soil from the route of the Leigh guided busway. This will be mixed with green wastes to provide soil suitable for the creation of a community woodland on the site.
“There are no grounds for the council to prevent the permission from being implemented and the period for legal challenge of the permission expired in February 2013. The group is fully entitled to take their complaints through the council's complaints procedure.”
For more information or to sign the petition visit www.TyldesleyMeadows.co.uk.
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