Posted by: westlancashirerecord | September 6, 2018

Pets Crematorium In Aughton Is Unbelievable?

Aughton resident Jim Burgess tells The Champion he “cannot believe that West Lancashire Borough Council could impose a pets crematorium on the highest ratepayers in the county” at Winifred Lane Aughton. And “This will be built on green belt land and in a conservation area”. He’s referring to Lime Tree Barn 59 Winifred Lane Aughton, change of use of barn to pet crematorium, reported on by WLR a couple of days ago.

He’s right about the conservation area status, as local historians recorded that the 1848 map of Aughton shows the hamlet of Town Green was already established around the junction of Winifred Lane and Bold Lane. However, with the exception of the quarry at the end of Delph Lane, (which was then not shown on mapping as a through highway) the area was entirely agricultural land, divided into irregular fields. There was a collection of buildings around what it now known as Limetree House and Farm (referred to on the 1848 map as Webster’s Farm). Any remnants of these would therefore appear to be the oldest buildings in the Conservation Area.

As for the “toxins in the air” he mentions, these are denied by makers of the cremator to be installed. Residents live much closer to it than the location of the two primary schools mentioned. Their protests have been ignored. WLBC knows best, in these matters. The property itself is for sale, for £2,500,000.

Perhaps the only way to stop the crematorium development is for another rich Aughtonian to buy it and ignore the planning permission?

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