Demolition looms for historic mill
Thursday 3rd April 2014 @ 11:46 by Max Wieland
Community
END OF THE ROAD: Cllr John Taylor next to the closed Park Road, where residents have been unable to return to their homes because of fears concerning the safety of the mill.

END OF THE ROAD: Cllr John Taylor next to the closed Park Road, where residents have been unable to return to their homes because of fears concerning the safety of the mill.

Six weeks after businesses and nearby residents were evacuated from a doomed Dukinfield Mill, it is finally expected to be demolished entirely.

A partial demolition was carried out a month ago following fears about the structure of New Mill after it was damaged in the storms that swept the country recently.

But since then, the mill’s owners have been deciding on the next move.

It was understood that the plans were to save and restore the Mill to its former 17th century glory.

But that now looks unlikely.

The equipment and tools needed to carry out the demolition work are expected to be moved onto the Park Road site tomorrow with a return date for residents still no clearer.

However, despite the continued confusion surrounding the troubled mill, Tameside Council Deputy Leader, Cllr John Taylor, said the decision to demolish the mill made by the owner this week was down to pressure from the council, who have no say on the privately owned Mill.

“The council has been pushing the owner to come up with a solution because there was no sign of repairs being carried out,” said Cllr Taylor.

“We were told that plans were being drawn up with builders, but during that time residents and businesses have understandably been getting more wound up.

“The message to the owners from our officers was that a decision needs to be made and the one that makes most financial sense to them is to demolish the mill.”

• More in the current edition of the Tameside Reporter (3 April edition).