Fight still on to save green community spaces across Mossley

THE FUTURES of three key ‘green lungs’ of Mossley remain under discussion with community groups hopeful of positive news in the coming months.

Initial fears the trio of spaces at Cosgrove Gardens, Spring Street and Greaves Street would be going up for auction again have temporarily been allayed.

However, a fourth site on Stamford Road, top Mossley, went under the hammer at auction last month.

Representatives of SOCS (Save Our Community Spaces) have held two meetings with Tameside Council, in particular with Councillor Jim Fitzpatrick, the member responsible for deciding the fate of the sites.

It was suggested the sites, initially removed from auction back in April, would be offered for sale again in September.

However, at the second meeting Cllr Fitzpatrick agreed to delay the land sales while alternative action plans were considered.

One option discussed involved TMBC retaining ownership of the sites and maintaining public liability but passing on maintenance to the SOCS teams for a two-year trial period.

Cllr Fitzpatrick also agreed to allow SOCS more time to involve the community in the on-going maintenance.

Following an August meeting of Tameside MBC’s Asset Management Panel, SOCS aim to hold further discussions with Cllr Fitzpatrick.

Since the threat of sales, residents have organised taskforces to turn the sometimes neglected areas into valuable community spaces.

Greaves Street residents held a free family fun day last month while Spring Street locals have worked tirelessly to transform their overgrown ‘jungle’ into a welcoming site and play area.

Following a successful presentation by Spring Street resident, Nina Smith, at the second Mossley SOUP event, SOCS scooped £545 with the money allocated between the three sites.

However, Tameside MBC’s sale of its own land has proved lucrative.

The Stamford Road site described as a “parcel of overgrown sloping land approximately 443 sq m (539 sq yds)’ originally had a guide price of between £5,000 to £7,500. At auction it went for £40,000.

A 0.79 acres site at Nield Street, off Lees Road, had a top price of £30,000. It sold for £191,000.

When previously listed the guide prices for Greaves Street, Spring Street and Cosgrove Gardens were: £30-40,000, £40-£50,000 and £15-£25,000 respectively.

For further details on how to join SOCS visit the group’s Facebook page.

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