Last Updated – 31st March 2011 at 01:43 PM –>
The city has one of the most important peat boglands in the North West. Peat is not only a valuable natural habitat but is an important ‘carbon sink’ – preventing emission which contribute to climate change.
Greater Manchester’s 10 local councils are jointly producing a new minerals plan which includes a tougher policy on peat extraction.
Former Mayor of Salford Jimmy Hunt has welcomed the move : “Chat Moss is one of Greater Manchester’s greatest assets and should be preserved for future generations.”
Cllr Joe Kean, an Irlam councillor who has campaigned for more access to the moss, said: “It is a place that should be enjoyed by local people and it’s great to see that it has been opened up to anglers and naturalists. A tougher planning policy will encourage these new uses.” cynics