Demolition of historic spinning mill is underway

Demolition of Wesley Street Mill begins
Demolition of Wesley Street Mill begins
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Work to demolish Wesley Street Mill in Bamber Bridge has finally started.

The Guardian reported last month that a sign had been posted on the mill’s gates indicating that work was due to start.

There was a 21-day objection period on the notice, which finished on Tuesday, and heavy plant machinery arrived on site yesterday (Wednesday) to begin the initial stages of flattening the huge building.

The demolition process is expected to take a number of weeks to complete and is still in the early stages.

The work comes after South Ribble Council gave the go ahead for plans to build upto 200 homes on the site, much to the dismay of campaigners who have been fighting to save the building.

Charlotte Cropper, from the Save Wesley Street Mill campaign group, said she was still waiting to hear back from a meeting with the site owner’s agents to halt the demolition.

She added: “I just can’t even bear thinking about it. It hit me when I saw the demolition notice.

“I wish I had got involved months and months ago.

“It has destroyed me and a lot of people who have feelings for the mill.

“When it does get its first blow in the next few days, it doesn’t bear thinking about.

“The chance of them putting a halt on the demolition is unlikely. I am grateful that they listened to us.”

The mill, which is more than 100 years old, has been derelict for a number of years.

It is the former home of the Bamber Bridge Spinning and Weaving Company. It closed as a working mill in 1959.