Campaigners set £20,000 target for legal fund to fight homes approval decision

A FIGHTING fund has been set up to help pay the costs of a legal challenge to Oldham Council’s planning committee decision.

‘Save our Valleys’ Campigners

Save Our Valleys campaigners are determined to seek a judicial review into the case and have launched a 200 Club as part of their fundraising campaign.

“We are asking 200 people from the 31,000 people who live in Saddleworth to donate £100,” explained campaigner, Paul ‘Boots’ Errock.

“The £20,000 will be sufficient legal funds to launch the only option now available to us to stop this travesty which occurred on July 1.

“I reiterate, this is now formally the most unwanted housing planning application in the history of OMBC.

“The 200 Club is vitally important to us to commence the only option we have to stop this reckless planning.

“It effects everyone in Saddleworth, fed by just two main roads that are already chronically congested, community centres that are not provided or funded, GPs’ waiting lists that are already over-stretched and over-subscribed schools in the area.

“Our legal challenge against OMBC has now started and we are determined with the amazing local support we have to get this planning action revoked.”

Any surplus monies will be used to refurbish or re-build Grotton Pavilion.

The Independent contacted Oldham Council for a comment on criticism of the July 1 planning committee but hadn’t received a reply at the time of going to press.

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