Caravan site closure would create a storage headache

MORE than 200 caravan and motorhome owners face their vehicles being made homeless if a new housing development is given the go-ahead in Mossley.

A proposal to build 17 new homes on the former gasworks site on Manchester Road, a longstanding caravan park, has been submitted to Tameside Council.

If approved, Malcolm Wrigley believes he and other caravan and motorhome owners will have a headache.

Springhead-based Malcolm said: “There are more than 200 people who haven’t the room at home to store caravans or motorhomes.

Mossley caravan storage centre

“If we are given notice to quit, it will cause lots of problems with so many people trying to find somewhere else to store them.”

Malcolm, who has kept his caravan on the site for about 17 years, added storage options are limited, even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic when there has been a rise in caravan and motorhome ownership in the absence of foreign holidays and demand is therefore greater than it ever has been.

Concerns about the development were raised at the last meeting of Mossley Town Council when it was revealed the site has long been designated as employment land.

Town councillors appreciated the need for more housing in the town but were worried that the loss of this site could deny potential future employment opportunities.

Town councillor Stephen Homer pointed out there is a shortage of commercial units in Mossley.
“If you try and get a unit at Warmco, all the units have been taken by small and medium businesses,” he explained.

Cllr Homer added a lot of industrial space on Egmont Street has already been given over to housing.

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