OLDHAM COUNCIL has dismissed rumours that the bus turning circle in Uppermill is to be sold off and changed into housing.
The busy turning circle is used by many local services to and from Uppermill, including key 184 buses from Manchester and Oldham and some 353 and 354 buses from Ashton, and also school buses.
But Liberal Democrat councillors claim there are “secret” plans to sell off the turning circle and build new homes there instead.
Saddleworth Parish councillor Alan Belmore and OMBC councillor John McCann have written to Oldham Council and Transport for Greater Manchester about the move.
They said: “We are demanding Uppermill’s bus turning circle is retained for local bus services.
“If the bus turning circle is closed and sold off, this is likely to mean many fewer local bus services as they depend on the turning circle being retained.
“The idea of selling off the turning circle secretly is disgraceful. Without our intervention, residents and visitors would not know this vital bus turning circle is threatened.”
However, a spokesman for Oldham Council insisted there are no current plans – secret or otherwise – to alter the bus turning circle from its current use.
He said: “The land is ours and TfGM use it but there are no plans to sell the land off.”