JONATHAN Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, has called on Tameside Council to engage in talks with the Save The Stamford Park Greenhouse community group.
Mr Reynolds has reiterated an earlier pledge that he wants to see the conservatory saved.
It came in the wake of criticisms of the MP at a public meeting called by the community group when several members of the public said they had contacted the MP but received replies saying he could not intervene.
Mr Reynolds said: “I fully back the campaign to save Stamford Park conservatory and have done from the beginning.
“When constituents get in touch about any issue, I always make clear if something is my decision to make as an MP or if another body is responsible, and in this case it is clearly within the council’s remit.
“However, I have made my opinion that the conservatory should be saved and made clear to the council that a community solution should be found.
“I remain fully supportive of the constructive efforts to save this community asset, and believe the council just needs to engage with the public about this and be prepared to listen to alternative proposals.”
About 50 people attended the public meeting at West Hill School on Wednesday, August 7 when it was revealed there had been a six month stay of execution following the intervention of Historic England which has accepted the community group’s application to have the conservatory listed.
That will enable Historic England to survey the site and make a decision on whether it should be listed.