MP slams environmental ‘vandalism’ by Peel Holdings and welcomes police investigation

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Bury North MP James Frith has slammed the flattening of two fields in Ramsbottom by land owner Peel Holdings and welcomed confirmation that the police will be investigating the matter.

Hundreds of local residents contacted James about the issue, who visited the fields off Nuttall Lane in Ramsbottom last week to see the devastation for himself. James wrote to Peel Holdings on Friday, criticising the damage to vegetation and wildlife, and has raised the matter with Bury Council and GMP, who confirmed that following a report, their wildlife officer is investigating the incident.

James said:

“Peel own the land, but it is protected green belt and there are no current planning permissions associated with the fields. This environmental vandalism, carried out suddenly with no notice to local residents, was rightly met with concern and the devastation left in its wake must be investigated. I have written to Peel demanding an explanation for their actions and future plans for the site. I have also urged them to significantly improve communications with local residents should they conduct any further action on any land owned by them in my constituency.”

Any residents wishing to be kept up to date about this issue should e-mail James on contact@jamesfrith.org.

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