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Marc joins fight to save Ancoats Dispensary

September 18, 2012 10:23 PM

In July Liberal Democrat candidate for Manchester Central, Marc Ramsbottom, joined residents at a public meeting to fight the proposed demolition to the historic Grade II listed Ancoats Dispensary. The meeting heard how the owners, Urban Splash, had failed to maintain the historic building since they took control in 2001; despite promises to do so. Ancoats Dispensary is the only remaining building of the old Ancoats Hospital and dates back to the 1830s; it was at the forefront of health-care in the 19th and early 20th centuries and is a gem in Manchester's cultural heritage.

Urban Splash now claim the building is beyond repair and have applied to the City Council to demolish it. The Council's planning department have recommended that the building is demolished.

Marc said: "It's a scandal that those responsible for looking after our heritage in the City have allowed this landmark building to fall into ruin. In particular, Urban Splash, who now own the building have done nothing with it for over 11 years and presided over its decay.

"I fully support the campaign by Ancoats residents to try to stop the demolition of this historic building. The City Council need to allow more time for the community to develop plans to reuse the building and bring it back to life."

At the meeting Marc suggested that funding from a supermarket development at Ancoats Retail Park could be used to help save the building.