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'No mistake' in Darwen reservoir puchase plan
1:06pm Monday 21st January 2013 in News
BOROUGH chiefs have assured a Darwen councillor they are not making a mistake in buying Dingle Reservoir in Sunnyhurst Wood for a nominal fee.
Whitehall ward Liberal Democrat Coun David Foster was concerned the borough could be taking on unsuspected liabilities by buying the land for community recreation.
He tackled resources chief Andy Kay on the issue when the borough ruling executive board met at Darwen Town Hall.
Coun Kay said the reservoir had been given a preliminary inspection which had highlighted a number of minor issues regarding fencing, signs and repairs to the dam.
He said a further survey would be carried out but the initial examination suggested there were no major problems in maintaining the land, due to be bought from owners Aeternum Capital, in the future. The firm plans to demolish Hollins Grove Paper Mill which the water orginally serviced and had offered it to the council for a nominal sum.
Coun Kay added: “Purchasing this land will ensure it is available in the future for community use.”