Comments spark market ground row
Wednesday 11th February 2015 @ 09:03 by Anna Fletcher

Tameside Council Deputy Leader John Taylor says his Facebook account was hacked after messages he allegedly made to a Mossley group came under fire.

Mossley campaigners have called for an investigation after comments allegedly made by the councillor were placed on the Save Mossley Market Ground Facebook page.

The group was formed after it was rumoured the ground might be sold to a supermarket and it has campaigned tirelessly to ensure the area is kept as a community asset.

As we reported just a few weeks ago, Cllr Taylor confirmed this would not happen, although the area has been turned into a Tameside Council pay and display car park.

But a picture of the empty car park posted by a member of the group on their Facebook page, followed by messages from Cllr Taylor, sparked outcry from members and residents.

The picture carried the title ‘Mossley car park 4pm.’

The councillor then questioned what would happen to the area if it remained empty.

The post has since been deleted, but residents say the response, and subsequent messages were inappropriate from an elected official.

Group users had sent their worries onto MP Jonathan Reynolds and local councillor Ellie Shember-Critchley.

A response from the MP was posted to the page with a link to the standards committee web page stating he would be looking into the matter.

More on this story in this week’s (5th Feb) Tameside Reporter out now.