The war zone was the garages and bus depots of Burnley and Nelson in northwest England. This week the Office of Fair Trading gave the go-ahead for the Liberal Democrat-controlled Pendle Borough Council to sell its 50 per cent holding in the Pendle and Burnley Transport Company to Stagecoach. But Labour-controlled Burnley says it will not sell its half.
Stagecoach has agreed to pay Pendle pounds 2m for its half of the company, valued at pounds 5.7m. But Stuart Caddy, deputy leader of Burnley Labour group, says: "We want this company to remain in public ownership."Reuse content