Conservatives call out the council on conservatory controversy

By Mia-Rose Power

CONSERVATIVES will attempt to suspend the planned demolition of the conservatory at Stamford Park.

Residents and councillors reacted with anger after Tameside Council decided to get rid of the historic structure.

Now the opposition will present a motion to the next full council meeting with the aim of delaying the demolition.

The much-loved conservatory was deemed unsafe in April 2015 following a structural survey and has since been closed to the public for the past four years.

However, decisions to demolish the historic building which was donated to the park in 1907 by John Neild have caused uproar locally, which has caused the council’s Conservative members to react against demolition plans in support of the people.

A spokesman for the group said: “We believe that the public have not been properly consulted and the council should allow more time to allow a proper consultation with the public so that a solution can be found to save this much-loved building.”

Cllr Dickinson leader of Tameside Conservative Party

The proposer, Councillor Doreen Dickinson, has put forward a motion which acknowledges the efforts of the ‘Save Stamford Park Greenhouse Group’ which has gained more than 4,000 signatures on a petition to prevent the demolition from going ahead.

The motion is set to be presented at the next full council meeting on Tuesday, July 23 at which the Conservatives will put forward their proposition to postpone the scheduled demolition until March 2020 to allow the local pressure group time to ‘apply for funding’ and ‘explore options’ of keeping the iconic conservatory for a further six months.

Cllr Dickinson said: “I am pleased to have the backing of my group and I hope that the Labour Party will listen and support this motion.”

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