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Darwen's 'square meadow' spared from sell-off for development
A PIECE of land in Darwen will be transformed into a new sports facility for the town.
The ‘square meadow’, behind the former Darwen Moorland High School, will become a community facility once again after a campaign to spare the land from potential future development.
Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern said, along with Marsh House councillor Frank Connor, she had held a meeting with campaigner Harry Blackwell to discuss future use of the site.
The council has written to Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove asking for permission to dispose of the school site. But Coun Hollern said the ‘square meadow’ was separate from the school, and so was not part of the land to be sold off.
She said: “We had a really good meeting last week with Harry, and we are really keen to support the square meadow as a community facility.
“I am really pleased we are going to get this going. Harry is now going to set up a committee, and contact local sports clubs with a view to getting them involved.”
A year ago, former town council deputy chairman Steve Duncan called for an athletics track to be set up in Darwen, in the wake of the London Olympics.
Initially, a site at Blacksnape playing fields was targeted, but it was deemed not to be viable, and so attention was shifted to the ‘square meadow’ and Moorland High School playing fields.
Mr Duncan said he was delighted the scheme looked to be getting the go-ahead.
He said: “It is excellent news for Darwen.
“It should save people money as there will be no need to pay money to go to Pleasington for all the football matches.
“I think it will also be the first rugby pitch in Darwen, which is great news.”
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