Blackburn with Darwen Council to buy Darwen's Dingle Reservoir

HOPES The future of Dingle Reservoir, in Sunnyhurst Wood, Darwen, could be settled at last

HOPES The future of Dingle Reservoir, in Sunnyhurst Wood, Darwen, could be settled at last

First published in Blackburn Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A RESERVOIR which had an unknown future after being sold could be bought by the council.

Dingle Reservoir, in Sunnyhurst Wood, Darwen, was part of the land belonging to DS Smith, owners of Hollins Grove Paper Mill.

But after DS Smith shut up shop and sold the land to Aeternum Capital, the future of the reservoir was up in the air.

The new company wants to demolish the mill and, it was believed, planned to convert it into an energy park to provide sources of low-carbon, renewable energy.

The reservoir was originally created to service the mill, so is no longer needed by the landowner, who has offered it to the council for a nominal fee.

The purchase of the land will be discussed by Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive board on Thursday.

Members have been recommended to acquire the land and include it in its maintenance regime for reservoirs in the borough.

Sunnyhurst councillor Peter Hollings said: “I am delighted with the news, as are the other Sunnyhurst councillors who have all worked hard to ensure the land wasn’t sold for development.

“Now the council will hopefully buy the site and keep it as a leisure facility, passing it on to a local fishing club who can look after it.

“The challenge for councillors in this area will be to make sure the path to the reservoir is kept properly maintained.”

A report to the executive board, which on Thursday meets at Darwen Town Hall in Croft Street for the first time in more than four years, says: “The land is contigious with Sunnyhurst Wood and to all intents probably regarded as an integral part of the community asset.

“Purchasing the land will secure opportunities to enhance the woods as a whole for the enjoyment of the public and avoid future problems with regard to accessibility, particularly from Falcon Avenue.”

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2:31pm Tue 15 Jan 13

jimpy0 says...

the starred word was D.A.M - word filters spit
the starred word was D.A.M - word filters spit jimpy0
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2:49pm Tue 15 Jan 13

JohnR1 says...

I appears that your post did not get past the human filter in the LET offices - must have been contoversial, racist, anti-government or something.
I appears that your post did not get past the human filter in the LET offices - must have been contoversial, racist, anti-government or something. JohnR1
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4:34pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Mon says...

Not sure about the council owning something with a name like Dingle. Mind you, it is in Darwen.
Not sure about the council owning something with a name like Dingle. Mind you, it is in Darwen. Mon
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4:54pm Tue 15 Jan 13

jimpy0 says...

my post asked if the council knew of the cost involved in checking the safety of the D.A.M - also asked if they were selling on to an angling society that continues to buy up water and charge extotionate membership fees -- nothing racist or anti government in the least. maybe a member of said society is the web-editor
my post asked if the council knew of the cost involved in checking the safety of the D.A.M - also asked if they were selling on to an angling society that continues to buy up water and charge extotionate membership fees -- nothing racist or anti government in the least. maybe a member of said society is the web-editor jimpy0
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4:59pm Tue 15 Jan 13

jimpy0 says...

also am unsure if its not in the T+c's that they contact you to inform why postings are removed ?????
also am unsure if its not in the T+c's that they contact you to inform why postings are removed ????? jimpy0
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11:38pm Tue 15 Jan 13

JohnR1 says...

Tust me, they will not inform you of any moderation decisions and have a very head in the sand attitude when it comes to justifying their decisions.
Tust me, they will not inform you of any moderation decisions and have a very head in the sand attitude when it comes to justifying their decisions. JohnR1
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