Con­tro­ver­sial Lyme Green site looks set to be sold off

Macclesfield Express - - TOWN CENTRE SPECIAL REPORT -

COUN­CIL bosses are gear­ing up to sell off the con­tro­ver­sial Lyme Green site.

Cheshire East leader Michael Jones has said the coun­cil was ready to off-load the land which be­came the sub­ject of a scan­dal af­ter the lo­cal au­thor­ity started de­vel­op­ing a waste trans­fer sta­tion there with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion.

The de­vel­op­ment was later aban­doned and the coun­cil has since made plans to sell off the site.

The cost of the scan­dal has been es­ti­mated at up to £1 mil­lion.

But Coun Jones said fur­ni­ture store Arighi Bianchi was no longer in talks about buy­ing the land.

He said: “We hope to be able to an­nounce soon that we have sold Lyme Green.”

The coun­cil would not say any­thing more yet about the sale due to ‘com­mer­cial sen­si­tiv­ity’.

The site is used as a highways de­pot and has stor­age for salt, but it has Green res­i­dents in 2013.

He said: “Residential came out top, with a com­mu­nity cen­tre for peo­ple to meet in.

“Res­i­dents will not want it to be sold for a trans­fer sta­tion.”

●● The Lyme Green site could be sold ‘soon’ ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil leader

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