by timpickstone on September 18, 2012
Thank you to residents in Bowlee who have made enquires to (Rochdale) council regarding what appeared to be work happening at Collop Gate Farm (off Manchester R0ad).
Here is the outcome from the Rochdale Council Officer:
“I visited Collop Gate Farm this afternoon â€“ the site is secured with high palisade fencing & locked gate but I managed to gain access through a gap in the boundary hedge. No construction work has been carried out but there are a couple of digging machines on site and some ground working / levelling appears to have been carried out at the rear of the partly built dwelling. A blue tarpolin has been attached to the frame of the roof of the barn building. All this appears to have been in connection with the war-time military vehicle rally which took place over the weekend â€“ the field at the rear of the partly built dwelling is churned up and appears to have been used as track to drive the military vehicles around. The barn appears to have been used as a shelter for the event.
Whilst I was on site …. workmen arrived (they had received a phone call that someone was on site). I subsequently spoke to [the owner] on the phone and he confirmed that no works were being carried out and all that had taken place was the military vehicle rally. He asked me about repairing the roof of the barn building and I confirmed previous advice to him and advised him to let his agent submit details to us and obtain written confirmation that the works are acceptable before carrying out the works.”