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Whatever you decide, we can make all the necessary arrangements and take care of the practicalities. £3250 £2550 £2350 Prices correct at timeofprinting. MP back campaigners to stop road through Arboretum SIR David Crausby has raised con- cerns about creating a road through an arboretum as part of a develop- ment to build apartment blocks. Campaigners have raised fears over the plans saying the space is home to wildlife and “rare trees” after the road- way plans through the wooded area on Longsight Park came to light. Avantguard Building Contracts Ltd want to build two apartment blocks housing 18 flats on land at the back of Roka Restaurant in Bradshaw Brow — with new plans to access the site through Longsight Park Arboretum, with works including “road widening, kerbs, footpath and lighting”. They say the “unadopted public highway” will provide “a safe and less complicat- ed access.” Bolton North East MP Sir David has backed campaigners and says he has written to Bolton Council highlighting his concerns. He said: “I’ve heard from Friends of Longsight Park who are worried about the impact on bats, kingfishers, roe deer and hedgehogs in the area. Having vis- ited the site I am also worried about access to the Park and the Kingfisher Trail. I think Longsight Park should remain free from vehicles and I have written to Bolton Council to express my concerns.” Friends of Longsight Park have been volunteering to improve the park in- cluding making the arboretum an at- traction with information notices. Bolton Council’s Greenspace Neigh- bourhood Service has also objected to the “new access” saying it will be detri- mental to the entrance. New homes plan gets go-ahead PLANS to build 124 new houses at an industrial site have been given the go ahead. The housing development at the Mountheath Industrial Estate in Prest- wich was approved by councillors on the planning committee. Local councillor Alan Quinn welcomed the new houses but described the devel- opment as a “missed opportunity”. He said: “The houses are 40 years out of date. It’s what they call a cut and paste development. A child could have designed it.” A mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced dwellings feature in Bell- way Homes’ plans. The houses, which are predominant- ly two-storeys in height with some three-storey dwellings, would be con- structed from brick and render with a tile roof. Cllr Quinn welcomed houses be- ing built on a brownfield site, new signals on nearby junctions and a contribution of £354,000 by the developer which will mostly be used for St Mary’s Park and the surrounding area. But he expressed his disappointment at the developers for “squirming out” of building some affordable homes by using vacant building credit – a government in- centive to encourage developers to build on brownfield sites. Under the approved plans, therewould be 18 affordable homes rather than the 31 which would typically be provided un- der the council’s policies. The Sedgley councillor was also con- cerned that the proposal was lacking in green initiatives. He said that he had asked the developer for solar panels, a «genuinely» sustainable drainage system and air source heat pumps to feature in the plans. ButBellwayHomesdidnotmake these additions because they were not require- ments under the council’s planning poli- cies, according to the Labour councillor. He said: “If things aren’t in the lo- cal plan, then they say, ‘we don’t need to that’.” The plans were unanimously approved by the planning committee but one of the conditions relating to landscaping was tightened up on the night. The applicant promised to build a “high quality sustainable residential neighbourhood”, providing a range of homes and enhancing existing land- scape features. Bolton North East MP Sir David Crausby Last surviving Peterloo protest banner on display THE last surviving protest banner from the Peter- loo Massacre of 1819 is on display in Rochdale. Rochdale is one of the towns from which textile work- ers and their fam- ilies marched to Manchester for a public meeting 200 years ago, where speakers called for democracy in Britain. The peaceful gathering of 60,000 people was attacked by sabre-wield- ing cavalry and drunken mounted militia, leaving 15 people dead and 700 injured. The historic banner was car- ried from the town of Middleton by a group led by radical reformer Sam Bamford. They marched into Manchester with thousands of others from sur- rounding towns and villages in- cluding Heywood, Rochdale, Mid- dleton, Oldham, Lees, Saddleworth, Stalybridge, Ash- ton-under-Lyne, Stockport, Bolton and Bury. Events after the massa- Double joy for care home THERE were double jubilations at a Gigg Lane care home as staff, resi- dents and family members celebrat- ed the outcome of a health watchdog rating as they also marked the home’s 30th birthday. Bankfield Residential Care Home was recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and rated “Good” in all areas. The CQC praised Bankfield’s staff as “caring”, noting that they “observed warm interactions and staff treated people kind- ly and there was friendly conversation and banter.” Residents were also protect- ed from the risk of harm, abuse and dis- crimination, and said they felt “safe”, the CQC reported. To mark both the outcome of the inspec- tion and 30 years since Bankfield opened in 1989 a special party was held. Marie Sharp, Bankfield’s home manag- er, said: “It is a great achievement to get the “Good” rating from the CQC. This has been achieved by the whole team’s hard work and commitment.” RADCLIFFE Library will be closed to the public until 5 November to allow refurbishment works to proceed in safety. The work will create public toilets, a kitchenette for community groups, new décor and furniture, plus more public computers and improved local history facilities. During the six-week closure, books may be returned, renewed or reserved at Bury Library (0161 253 5872), Prestwich Library (0161 253 7214) or Ramsbottom Library (0161 253 5352). FIREFIGHTERS rushed to a kitchen fire in an apartment block in the town centre. A blaze ripped through a kitchen in an apartment at The Rock. Firefighters arrived to tackle the fire and crews from Bury and Whitefield fire stations were at the scene for around two hours as they made the flat safe. No one was injured. AN inquest into the death of an 11-month-old baby boy has been opened. Zakari William Bennett-Eko’s body was discovered in the River Irwell near to the bridge in Blackburn Street, in Radcliffe town centre. The inquest has been adjourned until a review on December 19. Earlier this month, Zakari’s father Zak Eko, aged 22, appeared in court charged with the murder of his son. He also faces a charge of manslaughter. Mr Eko, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester Crown Court for a plea hearing on December 20. THE NEWS IN BRIEF cre included up- risings in Burnley in Lancashire and Huddersfield in Yorkshire. The massacre also led to the founding of the Manchester Guard- ian newspaper, the launch of the Chartist movement and the co-opera- tive movement in Rochdale, as well as the growth of trade unions. Dozens of events are being staged to mark the 200th anniversary of the massacre, which took place on Au- gust 16 1819. The banner is one of two carried by the Middleton con- tingent to Manches- ter. The second was inscribed with the words “Parliaments Annual” and “Suf- frage Universal.” It was lost af- ter being cut from marcher Thomas Redford’s hand by a soldier when the meeting was attacked. The surviv- ing banner was smuggled out of Manchester and returned to the Middleton group. It now resides in Rochdale’s Touch- stones Museum and was in storage due to its delicate condition but is now on display there as part of a Peter- loo exhibition.