Residents still waiting to go home as mill work continues
Saturday 22nd March 2014 @ 07:30 by Max Wieland
NEW MILL: Two Floors have now been demolished at the Park Road Mill.

NEW MILL: Two Floors remain demolished at the Park Road Mill.

Dukinfield residents who have been ‘homeless’ for more than four weeks could be able to return to their houses soon, it is hoped.

The residents were evacuated from their Park Road homes in the town following storm damage to nearby New Mill, leaving the building unsafe.

The owner of the troubled mill has hired a builder to carry out vital repairs to enable the Victorian Mill at some stage to re-open, rather than being demolished further.

At present the affected residents remain located at alternative accommodation but there are hopes they could be able to return to their homes in around two weeks’ time.

However, that final decision will rest with structural engineers.

Deputy leader of Tameside Council Cllr John Taylor has been at the site every day since the evacuation on  February 20 and told the Tameside Reporter that he remains in contact with residents every day.

He told us: “The situation at the moment is that some residents are seeking compensation and I have explained I will help with that.

“If any solicitor wants to take on a group of residents from 19 properties or on an individual basis, then we would like to hear from them.

“I can’t advise the residents legally, but if a lawyer wants to speak to me about helping then I will do all I can to help them.”

The Dukinfield Councillor added: “We’re still not happy with the fact that the residents are not at home, but as I have said over the past month, there is nothing we can do other than encourage the owner to speed things up.”