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Work to stop Great Harwood park turning into a mud bath

WORK being carried out at a park and war memorial will put an end to downpours turning the site into an inaccessible mudbath.

The £100,000 scheme was implemented as rainfall was turning Memorial Park in Great Harwood into a sea of mud for much of the year. The effect of weathering on paths also meant the park was inaccessible to wheelchair users.

A new drainage system has now diverted a nearby woodland stream from flooding the park, and some brand new paths make it possible for wheelchairs to approach the town’s cenotaph.

Friends of Memorial Park Chairman, Ian Wilkinson, said on past Remembrance Day events, veterans in wheelchairs had faced the choice of either wheeling through mud, or tackling paths choked with tree roots.

He said: “Some of the paths were completely impassable because the roots were so overgrown.

“The old drainage system was also totally defunct and this made the park totally unusable after heavy rain. If it is icy as well the flooded paths would become very dangerous and slippy.”

Flooding to the park has also proved highly problematic to the volunteers who make improvements to the park. Hundreds of pounds worth bulbs and hours of voluntary bulb planting went to waste when bulbs rotted in the saturated ground.

The plans to rejuvenate the park were initially part of a £750,000 lottery bid masterplan for Memorial Park in 2009.

However when plans to apply for lottery funding fell though, a £100,000 fund towards the park plans remained available from Hyndburn Council.

The Friends of Mercer Park say they decided access and flooding was the priority work needed and proceeded to put the plans in motion.

Further renovations to Memorial Park are expected to be completed in the future as the group apply for funding in stages.

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8:14pm Sun 13 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

What a waste of money
Quote:

The £100,000 scheme was implemented as rainfall was turning Memorial Park in Great Harwood into a sea of mud for much of the year.

£100,000 to stop a mud bath on a site where people celebrate a blood bath .
You couldnt make it up.
What a waste of money Quote: The £100,000 scheme was implemented as rainfall was turning Memorial Park in Great Harwood into a sea of mud for much of the year. £100,000 to stop a mud bath on a site where people celebrate a blood bath . You couldnt make it up. 2 for 5p
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8:47pm Sun 13 Jan 13

macattack63 says...

The park is a memorial to those who died for their country. it does not celebrate. 2 for 5p, your are a tool
The park is a memorial to those who died for their country. it does not celebrate. 2 for 5p, your are a tool macattack63
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9:08am Mon 14 Jan 13

owdman says...

2 for 5p wrote:
What a waste of money
Quote:

The £100,000 scheme was implemented as rainfall was turning Memorial Park in Great Harwood into a sea of mud for much of the year.

£100,000 to stop a mud bath on a site where people celebrate a blood bath .
You couldnt make it up.
Shame on you 2 for 5p. To think they gave their lives for such as you!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: What a waste of money Quote: The £100,000 scheme was implemented as rainfall was turning Memorial Park in Great Harwood into a sea of mud for much of the year. £100,000 to stop a mud bath on a site where people celebrate a blood bath . You couldnt make it up.[/p][/quote]Shame on you 2 for 5p. To think they gave their lives for such as you! owdman
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9:31am Mon 14 Jan 13

eastlancslad says...

2 for 5p. You really are a prat.
2 for 5p. You really are a prat. eastlancslad
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9:31am Mon 14 Jan 13

eastlancslad says...

2 for 5p. You really are a prat.
2 for 5p. You really are a prat. eastlancslad
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12:43pm Mon 14 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

owdman wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
What a waste of money
Quote:

The £100,000 scheme was implemented as rainfall was turning Memorial Park in Great Harwood into a sea of mud for much of the year.

£100,000 to stop a mud bath on a site where people celebrate a blood bath .
You couldnt make it up.
Shame on you 2 for 5p. To think they gave their lives for such as you!
Cough cough :
They didn't give there lives for me. They gave there lives for each controlling and rulling classes.
[quote][p][bold]owdman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: What a waste of money Quote: The £100,000 scheme was implemented as rainfall was turning Memorial Park in Great Harwood into a sea of mud for much of the year. £100,000 to stop a mud bath on a site where people celebrate a blood bath . You couldnt make it up.[/p][/quote]Shame on you 2 for 5p. To think they gave their lives for such as you![/p][/quote]Cough cough : They didn't give there lives for me. They gave there lives for each controlling and rulling classes. 2 for 5p
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2:18pm Mon 14 Jan 13

eastlancslad says...

2 for 5p:
1: You should have listened to your History teacher at school.
2: You should have listened to your English teacher at school.
3: Stop being a prat.
2 for 5p: 1: You should have listened to your History teacher at school. 2: You should have listened to your English teacher at school. 3: Stop being a prat. eastlancslad
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