Trouble at t’mill
Thursday 27th February 2014 15:40 Community Posted by Max Wieland
HEIGHT OF DRAMA: New Mill in Dukinfield, and inset, demolition work on the top floor which began yesterday (Wednesday February 26).

HEIGHT OF DRAMA: New Mill in Dukinfield, and inset, demolition work on the top floor which began yesterday (Wednesday February 26).

Family homes had to be evacuated after the storms that battered Britain suddenly took on a more serious side closer to home.

It appeared that Tameside had escaped the worst of the weather that left a trail of destruction across the country last week.

But then dangerous damage to Dukinfield’s New Mill was discovered which forced the immediate evacuation of homes nearby as fears for the structural safety of the building grew.

Those families remain in hotel accommodation or with relatives this week as the careful process of making the mill site safe got underway.

It is understood the mill itself is home to around a dozen businesses.

As we went to press yesterday, Ian Saxon, Tameside Council Assistant Executive Director for Environmental Services said their priority was the welfare of the evacuated families.

“Our priority as a council is looking after those residents,” he said.

The council provided emergency shelter and accommodation for those unable to stay with relatives.

“The council is supporting14 households who had to leave their homes,” he said.

“We’re looking at their individual needs and making sure they get the support they need.”

It is expected that Park Road will remain closed for the next few days and it is not yet known when families will be able to return to their homes.

Mr Saxon pointed out the mill is not council owned, but they are liaising with the mill owner and contractors to share updates with the community.

Part of the top storey of the mill was being demolished as we went to press yesterday (Wednesday).

• Full story and picture special in this weeks edition of the Tameside Reporter (27 February).