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Campaigners vow to save historic chimney

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 01, 2010

Bolton's chimney

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CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to fight the reported demolition of an iconic Moorlands landmark.

Sources suggest Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has received notification of the imminent demolition of the brick chimney on the former Thomas Bolton’s site in Froghall.

Linda Malyon, ward councillor for Ipstones, Foxt, Bradnop, Berhamstych and Consall, has now said the chimney should be preserved for industrial heritage, vowing she would be doing all she could to stop the demolition taking place.

She said: “We decided at Ipstones Parish Council to ask for it to be put on listed status.

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“We think it is really important and we think urgent action needs to be taken.”

Speaking to Your Leek Paper, a Staffordshire Moorlands District Council spokesman confirmed that the authority had received notice that demolition contractors had been appointed by Stirling Investments to remove the chimney and three redundant buildings.

The spokesman, however, added that the council was “powerless” to restrict the demolition.

“We are powerless in law to restrict this demolition order, the reason being the chimney and the buildings are not listed buildings and they are not in a conservation area,” he said.

“As the local authority we have written to Linda Malyon, the portfolio holder for planning Edwin Wain and, indeed, English Heritage.

“We are putting pressure ton the site owners to consider retaining it unless it is dangerous.”

Councillor Malyon said much of the site had already been destroyed, a lot of which was of historic value.

She said: “I hope that people from far and wide will write to the company Stirling Investments and ask them to reconsider this course of action.

“Any more development or demolition should be discussed thoroughly before any action is taken.”

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