The flamboyant Oyston had to meet councillors at Rossendale, Lancs, to plead for more time to sort out an unfinished development there.
The Ilex mill, a fine early Victorian building at Rawtenstall, has been empty for more than a decade. The council have now told Oyston to develop or demolish it. One small problem: it's listed. And even if Oyston goes to a public inquiry, the council insists he make Ilex weather-proof meanwhile.
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