Clean-up begins at Sunnyhurst Wood paddling pool

WORK The paddling pool

WORK The paddling pool

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

CAMPAIGNERS were jubilant after work finally began on removing silt from the Sunnyhurst Wood paddling pool.

The Friends of Sunnyhurst Wood have battled for four years after being told silt could not be removed as it was ‘contaminated’.

But after proving otherwise and raising funds with the help of Darwen Town Council’s parks committee, work began on phase one of removing the silt on Tuesday.

Diggers got to work taking it out of the pond and putting it in mounds on the side where it will sit to dry out. Phase two will see the silt removed from the site altogether.

Friends of Sunnyhurst Wood chairman Dennis Gillibrand said: “The group is pleased to report that work has started on removing the silt from the Sunnyhurst Wood paddling pool after a delay of four years.

“The pool is one of the main features of this natural amenity.”

Sunnyhurst councillor Dave Smith said he was delighted.

He said: “It is good news, very pleasing.

“The silt has been a priority of the Friends of Sunnyhurst Wood for a long time.

“But they couldn’t find any grant funding to actually get the job done.

“At Darwen Town Council, we have prioritised parks and this year set up the parks committee, which provides funding of £50,000 to park groups over two years.”

The paddling pool was first proposed in March 1905 by Ellis Gibson, who wanted to build, at his own expense, a pond for paddling and sailing model boats.

It was built by Mr Gibson and his friends, Christopher Fish, Robert Preston and Joseph Pakeman Walmsley.

Their design included the stone bridges and artificial waterfalls at either end of the pool, all of which still exist.

For years, it was a popular spot for families, with children paddling in the shallow water.

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1:45pm Thu 24 Jan 13

hasslem hasslem says...

i blame dave smith for the silt being there in the first place
i blame dave smith for the silt being there in the first place hasslem hasslem
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3:31pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Major Tom says...

Proof that Darwiners fail to clean the bath.
Proof that Darwiners fail to clean the bath. Major Tom
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10:20pm Thu 24 Jan 13

happycyclist says...

Excellent news. It really had got very bad.
Excellent news. It really had got very bad. happycyclist
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1:47pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Ian the Beancounter says...

Major Tom wrote:
Proof that Darwiners fail to clean the bath.
Maybe they do, but the residents of Darwen (not Darwin) do!
[quote][p][bold]Major Tom[/bold] wrote: Proof that Darwiners fail to clean the bath.[/p][/quote]Maybe they do, but the residents of Darwen (not Darwin) do! Ian the Beancounter
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11:05am Sat 26 Jan 13

louderfasterlonger says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
i blame dave smith for the silt being there in the first place
Do your History, Tony Melia and Andrew Graham's For Darwen Party were the Sunnyhurst Councillors when the silt began to build up.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: i blame dave smith for the silt being there in the first place[/p][/quote]Do your History, Tony Melia and Andrew Graham's For Darwen Party were the Sunnyhurst Councillors when the silt began to build up. louderfasterlonger
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5:43pm Sat 26 Jan 13

amazed says...

This is good news. When I was about 15 years old (a long time ago) I used to walk with my cousin a couple of miles to sail my model yacht on the pond. I wonder what provision is being made to stop the silt from forming again? It will be lovely in summer if it is re-opened by then.
This is good news. When I was about 15 years old (a long time ago) I used to walk with my cousin a couple of miles to sail my model yacht on the pond. I wonder what provision is being made to stop the silt from forming again? It will be lovely in summer if it is re-opened by then. amazed
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1:23am Sun 27 Jan 13

english rose 1 says...

amazed wrote:
This is good news. When I was about 15 years old (a long time ago) I used to walk with my cousin a couple of miles to sail my model yacht on the pond. I wonder what provision is being made to stop the silt from forming again? It will be lovely in summer if it is re-opened by then.
Once it's fully cleared out then it should be fairly straightforward to keep it free of silt if it's cleaned a couple of times a year.

The Friends' Group should be able to access grants and raise funds to ensure this happens. The pond is concreted, - it should not cost too much to clear. The key is doing it regularly so that the silt does not build up.
[quote][p][bold]amazed[/bold] wrote: This is good news. When I was about 15 years old (a long time ago) I used to walk with my cousin a couple of miles to sail my model yacht on the pond. I wonder what provision is being made to stop the silt from forming again? It will be lovely in summer if it is re-opened by then.[/p][/quote]Once it's fully cleared out then it should be fairly straightforward to keep it free of silt if it's cleaned a couple of times a year. The Friends' Group should be able to access grants and raise funds to ensure this happens. The pond is concreted, - it should not cost too much to clear. The key is doing it regularly so that the silt does not build up. english rose 1
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