by Gary Carter
CONSERVATION of Carrbrook Village is set to get a fresh start with the launch of the newly-named Carrbrook Conservation Forum.
For years the Carrbrook Conservation Committee has been in place to maintain the upkeep of the area, which is one of only seven conservation areas in Tameside.
Now it is changing its name and constitution in a bid to attract new interest in maintaining the village’s beauty and characteristics.
The committee is so important, it is the only one recognised by Tameside Council’s Planning and Legal Department.
So much so that all three ward councillors attend the meetings.
Now on October 18, the new forum will hold its ‘inaugural’ meeting with, it is hoped, new members taking part.
According to the new constitution, the forum will have several purposes.
• To promote environmental improvements where necessary within the Carrbrook Conservation area.
• To act as a liaison between the residents of Carrbrook and Tameside MBC on all planning and Conservation matters relating to the Carrbrook Conservation Area including the preservation, character and look of the said area.
• To disseminate information, when necessary, to the residents of the Carrbrook Conservation Area about the Council’s Planning and Conservation policies and decisions in relation to the Carrbrook Conservation Area.
• To comment on planning applications within the Carrbrook Conservation Area received by the council’s head of Planning, and
• To monitor progress on the implementation of developments within the Carrbrook Conservation Area.
A total of 11 people will make up the committee, including the three ward councillors, one representative from the Bowling Green Committee as long as they live within the Carrbrook Conservation Area and one representative from the Carrbrook Residents’ Committee as long as they live within the Carrbrook Conservation Area.
The other six representatives will be elected annually, provided they live within the Carrbrook Conservation Area.
After the first meeting later this month, the forum will get together at least once every three months
This is seen as the latest development in a battle to conserve Carrbrook Village.
The Carrbrook Conservation Area was originally designated in 1975, including the original planned Victorian industrial village of approximately 90 houses, Calprina Works, bowling green, Buckton Vale Institute and some areas of vacant land.
In 1995, the Conservation Area was extended to include land to the west along Swallow Lane and School Lane and a number of listed buildings at Moorgate.
A small section of the boundary opposite numbers 9-12 School Lane was redefined in 1997 and again in 1999.
The housing development on what is known as Calico Crescent is included in the conservation area because of the use of stone in keeping with the area.
There are six listed building entries in the Carrbrook Conservation Area, all constructed between the late 17th century and mid-18th century.
Carr Cottage and Carr House, which used to be known as the Pear Tree Inn, on Carr Lane are Grade II listed, as are Moorgate Farmhouse and numbers 4-12 on School Lane.
The former St James’ School on Buckton Vale Road and the Buckton Vale Institute are the only notable historic community buildings in the Conservation Area.
Other important buildings which are not listed in the area include houses on Castle Lane, Carrbrook Road, which is known as the Flash settlement, Carr Rise and Long Row.
Councillor Clive Patrick, who represents Stalybridge South but lives in Carrbrook, has sat on the committee for about 10 years.
“The purpose of this meeting will be to engender new life into this vital committee and to adopt a new name, the Carrbrook Conservation Forum, and a new constitution,” he explained.
“In recent years the Carrbrook Conservation Committee, for various reasons, has seen a loss of effectiveness and support and requires new membership and impetus.
“Although a non statutory consultation body that can only advise on planning matters that effect our Conservation Area, it is the only conservation committee recognised by Tameside Council.
“It is this partnership that offers some valuable protection for this conservation area from undesirable change.”
The meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm at the Buckton Vale Institute.