The Save our Community Space group (SOCS) held a public meeting at St.George's Church recently which attracted hundreds of people from Mossley who were concerned about the future of Mossley's Market Ground as fears grow that Tameside Council could sell the gound off for development or possibly to a supermarket.
Mossley's St.Georges Church was full to capacity with "SOCS" chairman and retired Tameside Councillor, Paul Dowthwaite, remarking that he was "amazed at the turnout withn the church packed to the rafters with people standing at the back".
It was an electrifying meeting full of energy and anger at the thought of Mossley Market Ground being commercialised. Many people pointed out that the market space is such an important part of life in Mossley, hosting market days and musical events aswell as a place where schoolchildren are safely escorted to school by their parents and people can park within easy reach of the Health Centre and George Lawton Hall.
Mossley Mayor Val Carter reflected the mood of the meeting by declaring that the people of Mossley have the right to decide to retain it's Market Ground. A further event is being held at Ashton Market outside the Town Hall on Saturday July 12th at 2pm. Everyone also agreed to keep the pressure up by emailing their MP and Tameside Council and a Facebook page for local and national support is being set up.
Also click on the video for the recent "flash mob" protest on the Market Ground.