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155th meeting held Tuesday 20th March 2018

Littleborough Canalside Development Group

Minutes of the 155th meeting held Tuesday 20th March 2018 at Hare Hill House Starting at 7.30pm

Present:  Ian Jackson; Julian Farnell, Brian Holden, John F Kay, Bob Weatherley and Simon Askew (for part)

Apologies Barry Horner, Keith Hallam, Cllr Ann Stott

Minutes of the meeting on 20th February 2018 had been circulated and were approved

Akzo Nobel Site

Homes England have obtained the extension of the planning consent by constructing an access road as a meaningful start to the development

Homes England have not yet arranged a consultation meeting to which Littleborough Civic Trust will be invited.

Ian Jackson has alerted C & RT and through them the Environment Agency who will now be involved in the consultation process as this will affect the area of Special Scientific Interest.

Littleborough Civic Trust

John Kay as treasurer of Littleborough Civic Trust confirmed that after payment of the fee on the planning application the sum of £1,317.82 was held in the account on behalf of LCDG.

Canal & River Trust

Anyone wishing to join the Tow Path Task Force should contact Ian Jackson on

C&RT have agreed to inspect the tow path between Locks 46 & 47 to see whether additional mooring rings or bollards can be installed to accommodate boats from the Historic Boat festival which will start in Manchester on 15th July 2018.

Littleborough is a suitable overnight stopping point. Although the Rushbearing Festival organised by “LEAF” is not until the next weekend there will be a Classic Car Show organised by the Rotary Club of Rochdale on Sunday 15th July 2018

Café Boat Scheme

  1. Planning Application

The mooring application to C&RT which received approval “in principle” had extended the date for a response to 1st June 2018 in the light of the difficulties in gaining access to the Schofield Street building and submitting the planning application

Notice of the planning application under article 11 has been served on Tammy Plant of C&RT and passed by her to the appropriate department

The planning application was validated by the Council on 8th March 2018 and they will make every effort to determine the application within 8 weeks

  1. Council Building on Schofield Street

We are still waiting for a meeting to be arranged attended by Local Councillors, Council officials, our members and the occupiers including Mr Canavan.

Members expressed the view that with better use of the space it should be possible to accommodate our Boat while it is fitted out.

The boat can be pulled outside the building whenever the work might cause dust which could affect the other occupiers.

It has been claimed that we were trying to commandeer council properties. This is a ridiculous suggestion as we have no power to do so. We are just seeking information as to how the Schofield site has been organised during the last 14 years. The council should be transparent about the arrangements.

We are also seeking council support for our community project. We have put forward suggestions but are awaiting any better ideas.

  1. The Lady Alice


There seems to be considerable support for the repair of the Lady Alice Boat which was in use on Hollingworth Lake for many years.


Simon Askew attended part of this meeting by mistake as he was looking for the


However he was able to confirm that he was employed to operate the Lady Alice for a period before the council removed it from service and stored it in the building at Schofield Street.


He confirmed that the boat in our photograph was the Lady Alice. Members agreed that we should seek to form a group of volunteers who would sponsor and support the renovation and relaunch of the Lady Alice


We believe that the council must have a report on its condition which could be made available to a suitable boat yard to quote for the renovation


This will be considered further at our next meeting


  1. Littleborough Marina Community Interest Company

John Kay confirmed that all necessary returns for this company have been filed at Companies House. The Community Interest Company will be used for the Boat Scheme with volunteers becoming members


Date of Next Meetings   Tuesday 17th April 2018, Tuesday 15th May 2018, Tuesday 19th June 2018



Contact Information

Littleborough Canalside Development Group

Bent House Cottage
Halifax Road
OL15 0JB

Tel: 01706 376775

Meeting times

Meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday each month starting at 7.30pm

The group is now meeting at 

Hare Hill House, Hare Hill Park Littleborough OL15 9HF