Pond plans now in doubt

Overgrown: The pond project site
Overgrown: The pond project site
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A village’s pond restoration project has been put on hold after encountering problems.

The Balshaw Lane Ponds Scheme in Euxton, near Chorley, is in some doubt after failing to secure its major source of funding.

We are disappointed we are having to put it on hold for the time being and are looking to see if we can go forward with it

However Euxton Parish Council, which is spearheading the scheme, is determined to press on in the hope the obstacles can be overcome.

The ponds are in a badly overgrown area of land in the grounds of Balshaw Lane Primary School which has no funds to restore them and make them accessible once more.

The parish council came up with a restoration scheme, including making the area into an attractive piece of parkland for people to enjoy.

But it has received a setback following its grant application to the Lancashire Environmental Forum (LEF).

The LEF has called for more evidence that there is public demand for the area and help with the management of the site; that a more formal flora and fauna plan be produced; and that a safe walking route into the school through the site be explored.

Disappointed project leader, parish councillor Vyn Thornhill, reported at the latest meeting of the parish council that he suggested the project be abandoned.

Parish council chairman Katrina Reed said the project was not being abandoned.

She said: “We’re more than happy with what councillor Vyn Thornhill has done on this project.

“We are disappointed we are having to put it on hold for the time being and are looking to see if we can go forward with it.”