Double funds joy for Darwen’s parks

SILTED UP Paddling pool

SILTED UP Paddling pool

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A DARWEN beauty spot will finally be restored to its former glory after money was handed over by the town council.

The paddling pool in Sunnyhurst Wood has been blighted by silt for years, but the council’s new parks committee – responsible for a £25,000 kitty available for parks groups to bid for – has given the Friends of Sunnyhurst Wood £6,000 to have it removed.

The committee also gave £5,000 to the Friends of Bold Venture Park to clear drains and repair damaged footpaths.

Sunnyhurst councillor Dave Smith said the parks were essential to Darwen.

He said: “They have been badly affected by Government cuts to council budgets.

“They are the jewels in Darwen’s crown and we want to see them improved. It is great that the friends groups have put forward these bids.

“It is really positive. We want to keep the parks up to a certain standard.

“Now we need the groups to be working up projects for next year.”

Friends of Sunnyhurst chairman Dennis Gillibrand said work would begin in late autumn.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted the town council has funded the clearance of the pond.

“We will finally be moving forward and the users of the wood will be delighted as well.

“Work will have to wait until after the leaves have fallen in late autumn, otherwise we would be back to square one.”

Chairman of the Friends of Bold Venture Park Harry Duxbury said he was very grateful for the cash.

He said: “It is a great help. The paths and drains are a constant problem with all the heavy rain.

“I will be getting in touch with the contractor to see what he can do for us.”

Earlier this year, the committee gave the Friends of Whitehall Park £4,800 to install some new gates.

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12:45pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Hill Billy Bob says...

Why can the 'Community Payback' Scheme not be used for this??

It is for the Community and then the money could be used elsewhere within the woods.
Why can the 'Community Payback' Scheme not be used for this?? It is for the Community and then the money could be used elsewhere within the woods. Hill Billy Bob
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2:12pm Fri 14 Sep 12

your_username says...

What about Whitehall Park? Used to have beautiful flower beds and an adventure playground at the top, now it's overgrown and underloved.
What about Whitehall Park? Used to have beautiful flower beds and an adventure playground at the top, now it's overgrown and underloved. your_username
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5:05pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Noiticer says...

Really pleased with this development. Darwen has some of the best parks in the UK and always worth a visit.
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5:24pm Fri 14 Sep 12

past it says...

Can the woods be made usable by all not just dog walkers, and NO they do not all pick it up.
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8:21pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Chugger says...

If it was my park i'd get rid of the swings and make a nice sheltered/decked area for the pub/reception room.. My uncle had his wedding reception there and the bar was packed beyond belief, makes sense to me to attract people out of town to spend their money in Darwen...
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8:22pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Chugger says...

If it was my park i'd get rid of the swings and make a nice sheltered/decked area for the pub/reception room.. My uncle had his wedding reception there and the bar was packed beyond belief, makes sense to me to attract people out of town to spend their money in Darwen...
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12:57am Mon 17 Sep 12

josh:) says...

your_username wrote:
What about Whitehall Park? Used to have beautiful flower beds and an adventure playground at the top, now it's overgrown and underloved.
get your shovel out then if ya care so much
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