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Still waiting for Clayton vision to be fulfilled; Letters, comments and emails VIEWPOINTS Write to: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF Or email: viewpoints@men-news.co.uk.

IN 1990 I was attending the House of Lords in London. Lord Joe Dean of Beswick was speaking and I heard him talk proudly of the people he had represented.

He spoke of his hope for the future, and in particular, his hope of seeing new and vibrant communities rising from the rampant demolitions that had been taking place in Ancoats, Beswick, Bradford and Clayton. I am sure that he would now be well-pleased at what has happened in these places, with the exception of poor old Clayton.

Lord Dean spoke of his vision for canal-side suburbs where old, tired factories now stood.

It sounded so wonderful, and for over 40 years I have been waiting for this vision to be realised in Clayton on the old Eccleshall Street brownfield site.

What would Lord Joe Dean say it if he could rise from the grave and see the weeds and flytipping? I do not think that I will live long enough to see this site arise from the rubbish. It saddens me.

In days gone by there was hardly a man out of work, every other marriage wasn't breaking down, drugs were a curse to come and people were happier with less.

Nowt wrong with being oldfashioned.

Philip Lowe, Penrith

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