Wakeboarding centre will deface Burnley beauty spot, says councillor

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

A PROPOSED wakeboarding centre on Burnley’s Rowley Lake will only “deface” the beauty spot, says a local councillor.

Residents living around the nature haven have said they are seriously concerned about the impact plans for a water sports complex will have on the lake, according to Cliviger Conservative councillor Andrew Newhouse.

Just last month Sport England announced a £70,000 grant for the project which would see a wakeboarding centre and canoeing school created in the Brun Valley Forest Park.

But Coun Newhouse said: “I still cannot believe we are trying to deface Rowley Lake with this wakeboarding centre. We have already got giant wind turbines forced upon us in Cliviger and if it’s not careful this council is going to become known for destroying its beauty spots. If there is ever a need for a large storage facility then I’m sure the council can find a very nice area to build it in.”

Coun Newhouse said he had been approached by a number of people living in the immediate area around the lake. But Labour Coun John Harbour, executive member for leisure, said the facility will benefit the whole borough.

He added: “I know that there will be some people opposed to this but I can assure you that there are also a lot of people supporting this bid.

“There has been some scaremongering about what is going to be built there and you would think there was going to be a power station there.

“We are developing a sporting and recreational facility for the whole town and I hope that local people can recognise that.”

The proposed centre would also offer opportunities in trail running, orienteering, angling and triathlon.

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4:37pm Mon 11 Feb 13

midas says...

NIMBY!
NIMBY! midas
  • Score: 4

4:51pm Mon 11 Feb 13

DaveBurnley says...

midas wrote:
NIMBY!
You beat me to it! That's the first thing that came to mind when I saw the article.




" We have already got giant wind turbines forced upon us in Cliviger"


Are they in the middle of Cliviger? Or do they just spoil your view?
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: NIMBY![/p][/quote]You beat me to it! That's the first thing that came to mind when I saw the article. " We have already got giant wind turbines forced upon us in Cliviger" Are they in the middle of Cliviger? Or do they just spoil your view? DaveBurnley
  • Score: 6

6:03pm Mon 11 Feb 13

It might be better elsewhere, but... says...

As a young man I watched the creation of Rowley lake living but a stones throw from it AND upon its completion I took my boat, a 12' speedboat with an outboard on it, no one ever complained at the fun I and my friends had.
As a young man I watched the creation of Rowley lake living but a stones throw from it AND upon its completion I took my boat, a 12' speedboat with an outboard on it, no one ever complained at the fun I and my friends had. It might be better elsewhere, but...
  • Score: 3

8:00pm Mon 11 Feb 13

psch says...

Prat
Prat psch
  • Score: 5

11:09pm Mon 11 Feb 13

beam-me-up says...

ALTERNATIVE TOURISM
All visitors/tourists must have a impact on Rowley Lake so the question must be asked is this sensitive landscape
From the peace and quit it still holds still able to hold the pressure from all those feet which populate the new economy of the future.
A lot of thought will have to be given into the way visitors are to be handled
or we will lose one of the most valuable wildlife habitats that Burnley as to offer.
ALTERNATIVE TOURISM All visitors/tourists must have a impact on Rowley Lake so the question must be asked is this sensitive landscape From the peace and quit it still holds still able to hold the pressure from all those feet which populate the new economy of the future. A lot of thought will have to be given into the way visitors are to be handled or we will lose one of the most valuable wildlife habitats that Burnley as to offer. beam-me-up
  • Score: -3

12:38am Tue 12 Feb 13

Oldchapsays says...

Old chapsays
What about all the hard work local anglers have done around the lake over the years, laying and upkeeping paths, putting up bird boxes etc, etc, the fishing will be ruined and so will the wildlife.
Old chapsays What about all the hard work local anglers have done around the lake over the years, laying and upkeeping paths, putting up bird boxes etc, etc, the fishing will be ruined and so will the wildlife. Oldchapsays
  • Score: -4

1:29pm Tue 12 Feb 13

claretandbluetoo says...

Oi Newhouse you silly old man and to all you old codgers, this wake boarding centre is not for you so keep your traps shut. This is for the people of tomorrow, the young people of Burnley who deserve something to do.

STOP BEING SELFISH and allow other people to enjoy life a little more, life is too short to have to listen to miserable stick in the muds like you.

I bet you would have been the sort of person who would have complained about electricity or eeven the invention of the wheel,

"grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, i am a miserable old sod and don't like change."


i remember when Rowley tip and all that area was full of junk, I bet you were annoyed to see that go too, get a life and move on it's 2013 for gods sake.




"grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, i am a miserable old sod and don't like change."
"grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, i am a miserable old sod and don't like change."
"grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, i am a miserable old sod and don't like change."
"grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, i am a miserable old sod and don't like change."
Oi Newhouse you silly old man and to all you old codgers, this wake boarding centre is not for you so keep your traps shut. This is for the people of tomorrow, the young people of Burnley who deserve something to do. STOP BEING SELFISH and allow other people to enjoy life a little more, life is too short to have to listen to miserable stick in the muds like you. I bet you would have been the sort of person who would have complained about electricity or eeven the invention of the wheel, "grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, i am a miserable old sod and don't like change." i remember when Rowley tip and all that area was full of junk, I bet you were annoyed to see that go too, get a life and move on it's 2013 for gods sake. "grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, i am a miserable old sod and don't like change." "grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, i am a miserable old sod and don't like change." "grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, i am a miserable old sod and don't like change." "grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, i am a miserable old sod and don't like change." claretandbluetoo
  • Score: 7

2:42pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Oldchapsays says...

Old chapdsays
And how often will you use it claretandbluetoo, it'll be another white elephant just like the skate boarding park was, and yes at times lazy layabouts do dump their rubbish there and guess who cleans most of it up, yes the anglers who have been doing it for years. Also who will be whinging when all the sediment from when the sewerage waste was dumbed there gets stired up to the surface and people become ill and all the fish are killed off, but at least the council will still get their pay and display parking revenue if anyone does
Old chapdsays And how often will you use it claretandbluetoo, it'll be another white elephant just like the skate boarding park was, and yes at times lazy layabouts do dump their rubbish there and guess who cleans most of it up, yes the anglers who have been doing it for years. Also who will be whinging when all the sediment from when the sewerage waste was dumbed there gets stired up to the surface and people become ill and all the fish are killed off, but at least the council will still get their pay and display parking revenue if anyone does Oldchapsays
  • Score: 0

2:44pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Oldchapsays says...

Use the wakeboarding.
Use the wakeboarding. Oldchapsays
  • Score: -1

5:30pm Tue 12 Feb 13

beam-me-up says...

To Claretandbluetoo
As you say the young people of Burnley (Like myself) deserve something to do and that is just what i do enjoying watching the wildlife at Rowley Lake
I'm all for wakeboarding but not at the expense of destroying valuable wildlife habitat.
To Claretandbluetoo As you say the young people of Burnley (Like myself) deserve something to do and that is just what i do enjoying watching the wildlife at Rowley Lake I'm all for wakeboarding but not at the expense of destroying valuable wildlife habitat. beam-me-up
  • Score: -3

8:03pm Tue 12 Feb 13

claretandbluetoo says...

so ignorant get the facts and stop living in the past.

Oh dear, some thing from this century is going to be such a shock for Burnley that all the people are going to get sick and die and all the little fishes will fly away, THIS IS WHY THIS TOWN WILL ALWAYS BE SEEN AS A DUMP BECAUSE OF IGNORANT DIMWITS LIKE YOU LOT - - - - - - AND YES , , - - - - - I AM SHOUTING!
so ignorant get the facts and stop living in the past. Oh dear, some thing from this century is going to be such a shock for Burnley that all the people are going to get sick and die and all the little fishes will fly away, THIS IS WHY THIS TOWN WILL ALWAYS BE SEEN AS A DUMP BECAUSE OF IGNORANT DIMWITS LIKE YOU LOT - - - - - - AND YES , , - - - - - I AM SHOUTING! claretandbluetoo
  • Score: 1

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