Protest groups step up opposition to ‘unacceptable’ development of Tame Valley

HUNDREDS of residents are joining forces to march in protest against plans for large scale industrial development in parts of the picturesque Tame Valley.

Three protest groups, including Denton South councillors and other politicians, will take to the streets on Sunday, July 14 in a united show of strength in opposition to the proposals for Bredbury Industrial Estate.

The development, which is one of the areas earmarked for development under the controversial Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, has been called “unacceptable”. 

And although it sits on the Stockport side of the border, residents fear the impact and implications, including worsening air pollution, increased traffic pollution and loss of invaluable wildlife habitat, will be just as bad in Tameside.

Adrienne Shaw, Sylvia Clarke, Derek Garner and Sue Garner by the already busy Stockport Road

The Correspondent reported in our May edition how home owners along Stockport Road had banded together to form an action group to highlight their concerns.

Now Denton South Action Group is taking part in a peaceful walk of protest together with members of Save Woodley Greenbelt and campaigners from Haughton Green.

“We have done all that we can do to promote the walk via professionally printed posters, flyers and a couple of banners that Tameside Council will allow us to put up,” said DSAG member Derek Garner.

“People have generally shown interest so we are hoping for a good turnout.

“We would urge people to come and support us in this important event which affects the local community.”

Walk one starts from Woodley Station at 2pm and will link up with other walkers at Woodley Precinct.

Walk two gets underway from Crown Point North at 2pm and the third from St Mary’s Church, Meadow Lane, Haughton Green, at 2.15pm where councillors will meet up with constituents.

The latter two groups will then link up at the A6107 lights and march to the meeting point at the Arden Arms pub on Ashton Road for a final rally. 

Cllr George Newton said: “The proposed development in to the Tame Valley is totally unacceptable.

“We are behind residents every step of the way in opposing this. 

“Our greenspace is essential, our wildlife valuable, and it is more important than ever that our air is clean and our roads are safe.

“The Denton South councillors will do everything in our power to stop this development.” 

Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne and counterpart William Wragg, MP for Hazel Grove, have previously spoken out against the development.

There has already been opposition to Quorum Estates Limited’s scheme – originally submitted in 2016 – which will involve current greenfield land disappearing under concrete, industrial units and warehousing.

A 1,400-name petition was presented against the development which, if approved, would dominate this section of the Tame Valley and nature reserves at Haughton Dale and Hulme’s Wood.

However, DSAG say the repercussions for giving Quorum a green light will have a detrimental impact on Denton due to increased noise and air pollution.

“Traffic coming up and down this road is already horrendous, causing damage and polluting the atmosphere,” said Mr Garner. 

“It is horrible and making our lives hell.

“Bredbury Parkway is only going to increase the amount of traffic and going to make living along here untenable.”

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