MOSSLEY MORRIS Men turned back the clock to help celebrate the success of campaigns to save the town’s community spaces.
But the future of the sites in top Mossley remains uncertain, with the General Election stalling any talks between action groups and Tameside Council.
Campaigners were due to meet with Councillor Jim Fitzpatrick, the Council’s First Deputy (Finance and Performance), but that has been delayed.
A Tameside Council spokesman said: “No decision has been made on any of the sites in Mossley.
“All objections will be considered and an executive decision taken in due course. That applies to Cosgrove Gardens and Greaves Street and any others.
“The fact that a site has an application for a community asset does not mean it won’t be sold.
“The allocation of ‘community asset’ means it cannot be sold for six months, giving the community the opportunity of buying directly or at auction.”
For now, however, Tameside’s plans to sell-off land at Spring Street, Cosgrove Gardens and Greaves Street/Cross Street have been shelved.
As we reported in our May paper, Spring Street residents submitted plans for the area to become an asset of community value. The other two land plots were removed from auction.
So, 30 years after the Morris Men danced in the area after Tameside declared Spring Street a community site, they were back out in force.
Meeting at the Butcher’s Arms, they entertained passers-by, friends and supporters with their music and dances.
Despite the lull in campaigning, members of Save Our Community Spaces (SOCS) are still drumming up support.
There are petitions available to sign at: Bottom Mossley Post Office, butchers, Mossley DIY, and Raja’s, Staley Road; and in Top Mossley: Co-op, Post Office, Butchers, Age Concern charity shop, Health Food shop, Pet shop.