Construction brings fears for Burnley wildlife haven

A PLEA from beyond the grave to preserve a wildlife haven in Burnley has been turned down by council planners.

John Goodier, of Thorn Tree, off Halifax Road, Briercliffe, had campaigned against the construction of a natural pond at nearby Foulds House Farm.

But Mr Goodier died last Sunday and it was left to his daughter Holly Goodier to champion his cause before Burnley Council’s development control committee.

She told councillors that an existing pond at Thorn Tree was dependent on water from two locations adjacent to the water-course.

And Miss Goodier feared that the construction of the new pond would interrupt the flow and leave Thorn Tree’s pond barren.

“The simple pleasure of watching the newts, frogs and toads, which use the pond, would be lost,” she added.

Coun Cosima Towneley said it appeared that the Environment Agency assessment had only concentrated on the new pond and not considered a more wide-ranging ecological impact.

“The fact is that once the damage is done and the watercourse is changed, then there is nothing you can do to bring it back,” she added.

But planning head Sue Graham said the agency’s studies had considered the ecology of the area and could not foresee any difficulties.

Councillors approved the proposals, lodged on behalf of Andrew Pevitt, on condition that the pond did not interfere with any watercourse connected with it.

Coun Frank Cant added: “I would be prepared to put my faith in what the Environment Agency has said.”

Mr Goodier was a junior mayor of Burnley 55 years ago, and was presented with a special award in 1990 by the borough for his work in regenerating the 16th century Foulds House.

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2:38pm Sat 27 Aug 11

DaveBurnley says...

How can you construct a natural pond? If you do so then it's not natural, it's man made.
How can you construct a natural pond? If you do so then it's not natural, it's man made. DaveBurnley

8:08pm Sat 27 Aug 11

jessjade says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
How can you construct a natural pond? If you do so then it's not natural, it's man made.
i was thinking the same thing
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: How can you construct a natural pond? If you do so then it's not natural, it's man made.[/p][/quote]i was thinking the same thing jessjade

6:24pm Sun 28 Aug 11

HelmshoreBoy says...

Now I know what we can do on the bank holiday, we'll take the family newt spotting.
I ask you - tree huggers, What next?
Now I know what we can do on the bank holiday, we'll take the family newt spotting. I ask you - tree huggers, What next? HelmshoreBoy

5:13pm Mon 29 Aug 11

sueysuey1 says...

There is enough wildlife in Burnley
There is enough wildlife in Burnley sueysuey1

6:31pm Mon 29 Aug 11

fabinribblevalley says...

I thought newt,s and their habitat were protected, I hope these brain dead councillors are not going to ruin the newts natural home
I thought newt,s and their habitat were protected, I hope these brain dead councillors are not going to ruin the newts natural home fabinribblevalley

11:11am Tue 30 Aug 11

DaveBurnley says...

fabinribblevalley wrote:
I thought newt,s and their habitat were protected, I hope these brain dead councillors are not going to ruin the newts natural home
Excellent point fabinribblevalley.
[quote][p][bold]fabinribblevalley[/bold] wrote: I thought newt,s and their habitat were protected, I hope these brain dead councillors are not going to ruin the newts natural home[/p][/quote]Excellent point fabinribblevalley. DaveBurnley

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