Little Lever residents raise fears about potential sale of land to travellers

RESIDENTS in Little Lever raised fears about land next to their street potentially being sold to travellers at a heated public meeting.

The Little Lever and Darcy Lever area forum meeting, which was Paul Richardson's first public meeting since being elected councillor for the ward, was attended by residents of Bowness Road, which is off Church Street.

An area of land which is off Bowness Road is being put up for sale by Pugh Auctions on Thursday at The Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City Football Club.

Residents said at the meeting that they had spoken to travellers, who said they were planning on buying the 13 acres of land, which will be put up for sale for between £40,000 and £50,000.

They said that, if the land were to be bought by travellers, they could bring caravans and farm animals to the site, which could make Bowness Road severely congested.

However, Little Lever and Darcy Lever councillors insisted that any such move would only happen if planning permission were granted and that bidders could not legally be prevented from buying land.

Some residents accused the council of not fighting their corner, while the council insisted it would look into their concerns and would assess the options once the auction had taken place.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included dog fouling in the area.

The meeting took place at Christ Church in Mytham Road, Little Lever.

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7:28am Tue 10 Jun 14

MrUpton says...

Thats right next to the Chromium XI (Carcinogenic dust) contaminated land that they say isn't contaminated isn't it? , I've got a map of the contamination area and at the very least it borders it.
Thats right next to the Chromium XI (Carcinogenic dust) contaminated land that they say isn't contaminated isn't it? , I've got a map of the contamination area and at the very least it borders it. MrUpton
  • Score: 10

7:54am Tue 10 Jun 14

mariandona says...

What gives you residents the right to protest against travellers buying this land when you have already congested the area with your properties live and let live.
What gives you residents the right to protest against travellers buying this land when you have already congested the area with your properties live and let live. mariandona
  • Score: -24

8:42am Tue 10 Jun 14

Wolfie190 says...

Paying for it with money stolen in distraction burglaries on old age pensioners.
Paying for it with money stolen in distraction burglaries on old age pensioners. Wolfie190
  • Score: 23

10:13am Tue 10 Jun 14

Jim271 says...

Did this come to light BEFORE the election I wonder?
Did this come to light BEFORE the election I wonder? Jim271
  • Score: 6

12:43pm Tue 10 Jun 14

boltonnut says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
Paying for it with money stolen in distraction burglaries on old age pensioners.
Right on the money Wolfie.
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: Paying for it with money stolen in distraction burglaries on old age pensioners.[/p][/quote]Right on the money Wolfie. boltonnut
  • Score: 8

1:31pm Tue 10 Jun 14

hal pel says...

What kind of key can unlock any door?
What kind of key can unlock any door? hal pel
  • Score: 5

1:31pm Tue 10 Jun 14

hal pel says...

hal pel wrote:
What kind of key can unlock any door?
A piekey! Lol!
[quote][p][bold]hal pel[/bold] wrote: What kind of key can unlock any door?[/p][/quote]A piekey! Lol! hal pel
  • Score: 6

5:12pm Tue 10 Jun 14

holloway_david says...

mariandona wrote:
What gives you residents the right to protest against travellers buying this land when you have already congested the area with your properties live and let live.
Are you a traveller and where did you get your computer from.
[quote][p][bold]mariandona[/bold] wrote: What gives you residents the right to protest against travellers buying this land when you have already congested the area with your properties live and let live.[/p][/quote]Are you a traveller and where did you get your computer from. holloway_david
  • Score: 7

5:13pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Greenginger says...

Surely this debate is getting out of hand, Much of the story is hearsay and speculation. At the meeting last night Bowness residents were accused of being racially prejudiced. / biased and similar by another local and this was certainly how it developed. People are inevitably scared because of the notoriety of certain travellers , although we live comfortably with our local families. As a resident of 40 years I do not want ANY further development at the end of the road, "traveller" oriented or whatever. The traffic on Bowness is already at times too fast and dangerous for the young families living there, plus the schools. . I would also welcome the reduced speed limit proposed for the Racecourse estate. Alternatively , the installation of speed bumps as already in place on the Rydal Road estate. . I am sure the Councillors now fully appreciate the residents concerns, but they have made it clear that they can do nothing at the moment. Has it been considered that there might be other interested parties and the buyers identity is not a foregone conclusion .
Surely this debate is getting out of hand, Much of the story is hearsay and speculation. At the meeting last night Bowness residents were accused of being racially prejudiced. / biased and similar by another local and this was certainly how it developed. People are inevitably scared because of the notoriety of certain travellers , although we live comfortably with our local families. As a resident of 40 years I do not want ANY further development at the end of the road, "traveller" oriented or whatever. The traffic on Bowness is already at times too fast and dangerous for the young families living there, plus the schools. . I would also welcome the reduced speed limit proposed for the Racecourse estate. Alternatively , the installation of speed bumps as already in place on the Rydal Road estate. . I am sure the Councillors now fully appreciate the residents concerns, but they have made it clear that they can do nothing at the moment. Has it been considered that there might be other interested parties and the buyers identity is not a foregone conclusion . Greenginger
  • Score: 0

5:48pm Tue 10 Jun 14

renovatedhouserunner says...

How long do you have to stay somewhere before you can't be called a traveller anymore? Get your transit vans and caravans and scabby horses and and get travelling!
How long do you have to stay somewhere before you can't be called a traveller anymore? Get your transit vans and caravans and scabby horses and and get travelling! renovatedhouserunner
  • Score: 7

7:46pm Wed 11 Jun 14

holloway_david says...

Greenginger wrote:
Surely this debate is getting out of hand, Much of the story is hearsay and speculation. At the meeting last night Bowness residents were accused of being racially prejudiced. / biased and similar by another local and this was certainly how it developed. People are inevitably scared because of the notoriety of certain travellers , although we live comfortably with our local families. As a resident of 40 years I do not want ANY further development at the end of the road, "traveller" oriented or whatever. The traffic on Bowness is already at times too fast and dangerous for the young families living there, plus the schools. . I would also welcome the reduced speed limit proposed for the Racecourse estate. Alternatively , the installation of speed bumps as already in place on the Rydal Road estate. . I am sure the Councillors now fully appreciate the residents concerns, but they have made it clear that they can do nothing at the moment. Has it been considered that there might be other interested parties and the buyers identity is not a foregone conclusion .
Speed bumps should only be calming measures and not a replica of a steeple chase course which seems to be the norm nowadays. The council in any case will tell you there is no money to pay for such a scheme. As comment to residents being accused of being racially prejudiced, how can this be when it is a life style, which includes English born. Whoever accused these residents "needs to get a life" or maybe take up the same lifestyle and join them and move far away.
[quote][p][bold]Greenginger[/bold] wrote: Surely this debate is getting out of hand, Much of the story is hearsay and speculation. At the meeting last night Bowness residents were accused of being racially prejudiced. / biased and similar by another local and this was certainly how it developed. People are inevitably scared because of the notoriety of certain travellers , although we live comfortably with our local families. As a resident of 40 years I do not want ANY further development at the end of the road, "traveller" oriented or whatever. The traffic on Bowness is already at times too fast and dangerous for the young families living there, plus the schools. . I would also welcome the reduced speed limit proposed for the Racecourse estate. Alternatively , the installation of speed bumps as already in place on the Rydal Road estate. . I am sure the Councillors now fully appreciate the residents concerns, but they have made it clear that they can do nothing at the moment. Has it been considered that there might be other interested parties and the buyers identity is not a foregone conclusion .[/p][/quote]Speed bumps should only be calming measures and not a replica of a steeple chase course which seems to be the norm nowadays. The council in any case will tell you there is no money to pay for such a scheme. As comment to residents being accused of being racially prejudiced, how can this be when it is a life style, which includes English born. Whoever accused these residents "needs to get a life" or maybe take up the same lifestyle and join them and move far away. holloway_david
  • Score: 2

2:39pm Fri 13 Jun 14

mariandona says...

holloway_david wrote:
mariandona wrote:
What gives you residents the right to protest against travellers buying this land when you have already congested the area with your properties live and let live.
Are you a traveller and where did you get your computer from.
In answer to both your questions, I feel your mentality is cause for concern & shame on you.
[quote][p][bold]holloway_david[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mariandona[/bold] wrote: What gives you residents the right to protest against travellers buying this land when you have already congested the area with your properties live and let live.[/p][/quote]Are you a traveller and where did you get your computer from.[/p][/quote]In answer to both your questions, I feel your mentality is cause for concern & shame on you. mariandona
  • Score: 0

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