As Executive Leader of the Council I am always keen to promote business in Tameside. A thriving economy is crucial to the borough’s development and you can see evidence of this commitment when you look at sites such as Ashton Moss and Crown Point North to see what I mean.
That’s why it may appear as if I’m going against the grain when I say I am pleased that one business, the Cotton Tree pub in my ward of Droylsden East has finally been closed down.
I don’t say this lightly, but it was with a sense of relief that I heard the Licensing Panel made the decision to revoke its licence on Thursday. I was one of those called to give evidence to back the application and the hearing made for uncomfortable listening.
I recalled one incident when I was waiting for the traffic lights to change directly opposite the Market Street pub. A mass brawl spilled out from the pub and into the road, bringing vehicles to a standstill.
That just isn’t right and when you consider that the pub is at the main gateway into Droylsden, it is simply unacceptable. Local businesses and residents stood united in their opinion that the town and Tameside would be a better place once last orders had finally been called on the Cotton Tree.
Like I said at the outset, I will do everything within my power to encourage and promote business within Tameside, but not at any cost. The number and severity of the incidents which have taken place at this pub is simply unacceptable.
I am sure the vast majority of people will agree with me when I say that I for one am glad the Cotton Tree pub has closed its doors for good.