COUNCILLORS will ask owners of an Asset of Community Value in Mossley what they want to do with the land.
The area on Greaves Street, lying next to Mossley Community Orchard, may be removed from the list after a request to Tameside Council.
However, Mossley Town Council is looking to bid for it and take it on, with a view to keeping it clear and turning it into an area where people can enjoy the outdoors.
That action has delayed anything happening there until May but their first step is asking what the current owners’ plans for it are.
Town councillor Pat Mullin said: “As an area it commands a virtually panoramic view of the whole of Mossley.
“Traditionally, people have used it as an open space and it has heritage value – apparently there’s an ancient well on there.
“At one stage, it looked like developing into a protest meeting – we were going to occupy it!
“But calmer heads prevailed and the best approach is to write to the owners and ask what their long-term aspiration is for the land.
“There’s no obligation. The owners can sell it to whoever they want. However, we’ve got the time to put our case together.
“There’s an ambition to take it on and open it up as somewhere for people to enjoy, with maybe a couple of benches and a wild flower area.
“Depending on their response, we can decide our approach.”