Dane Bank green ambitions take step closer

PROPOSALS to transform treasured green space in Dane Bank for wider community use will be discussed at public forums to be held later this month.

Denton West End Community Centre on Hulme Road will host the meetings on Sunday, October 13 (1pm-3pm) and on Wednesday, October 23 (7pm-9pm).

The Dane Bank Green Space Society (DBGS) fought a successful campaign to prevent the building of up to 200 houses by Wain Homes on the Tameside Council owned site, known locally as Windsor Road fields.

Now, 18 months after the area retained its status as protected green space, the council is set to open talks about granting a 25-year lease to help DBGS, working alongside Dane Bank Angling Club and Tameside People for Wildlife, obtain funding for future development work.

The Correspondent understands a meeting was scheduled for Thursday, October 10 between Tameside Council’s estates manager and DBGS, Denton West Cricket Club and West End AFC.

Group co-ordinator Bob Rutt said: “We have got this vision and the public meetings are about presenting that vision to local residents to get their ideas.

“We are at the start of a journey and we want them to tell us what they would like to see, how can they get involved, how can they help us.

“It is all about opening up the land to residents for the first time. It has always been open space but virtually inaccessible.

“We want to totally transform it so it is a destination for local people, schoolchildren, scouts, community groups, people with special needs who would benefit from interacting with the environment and wildlife, even photographic groups.

The council wants to rationalise all the leases held by the local groups into a 25-year agreement.
“It has been quiet for about 12 months but the council has now said it is prepared to speak to us,” added Mr Rutt.

“We are pretty confident we will get a timetable now about how these leases will be signed off so we can move forward.”

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