A landlord has accused the council of ‘bullying’ him for standing as a BNP candidate by issuing his pub with a compulsory purchase order (CPO).
Derek Adams, who came second in last week’s Moston by-election, said that his premises - the Ace of Diamonds on Oldham Road - faces a CPO under the council’s Private Finance Initiative in Miles Platting. In a statement on its website, the BNP claim sthat the CPO was issued ‘for no apparent reason other than to persecute the owner’ and that the pub was not originally included in the area’s redevelopment plans.
However, council officials have rubbished the claims, saying that the decision to issue the CPO in December 2007 followed widespread consultation and publicity about plans for the area dating back to 2001. After objections to the order were received a public inquiry was held over four days last July, which Mr Adams attended to present his case.
Speaking last week, the BNP activist said: "It will be a sad day for myself and the local community when they destroy this building. They will never break my spirit or my resolve, they can take away my business and my home but they will never take away my determination to see these people held to account for the destruction of my city and my nation."
In response New East Manchester chief executive Eddie Smith said the CPO decision had ‘nothing to do with political allegiances’.
"Regeneration plans for Miles Platting, including the Ace of Diamonds pub, have been carefully considered for several years and were agreed in July 2007 by the council’s executive after extensive consultation," he said. "Manchester City Council has followed the formal CPO process, held a public inquiry last summer and the decision to confirm the CPO was made by Hazel Blears MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in February of this year.
"This decision has nothing to do with political allegiances. It’s about progressing an ambitious Private Finance Initiative which will see £160 million of public money invested, along with a similar amount of private sector funding, in order to breath new life into this part of the city and make it a better place to live for local people."
According to Mr Adams, the pub has been in existence since around 1850.
North East Manchester Advertiser