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Spring clean for popular Preston fishing area

HAPPY CREW: Volunteers and councillors at the newly improved Barley Pit in Savick, Preston

HAPPY CREW: Volunteers and councillors at the newly improved Barley Pit in Savick, Preston

Huge improvements have been made at a popular fishing spot after volunteers tallied round to develop the area.

The work at Barley Pit in Savick, Preston, has taken place over a number of months and has also seen the creation of a friends group for the location.

The volunteers decided to improve and develop the popular angling location as part of Lancashire County Council’s Healthy Streets initiative.

The group’s ideas included cleaning up, improving safety on the fishing platforms, cutting the reeds in the pond and improving the path ways.

Since the project got off the ground a new litter bin being installed along with a brand new welcome sign at the entrance, containing rules and regulations and further signs.

Work has also been carried out to replace all the platforms at the pond using recycled plastic and chicken wire for safety.

There are now nine official platforms for anglers to enjoy fishing.

The next stage of work is to involve local schools to improve the wildlife by making bird boxes.

The paths will also be improved to make access to the pit safer and easier.

Counc Mark Yates said: “It is great seeing the changes that have gone on in the Barley Pit.

“It is now looking like a great local area to fish.

“The volunteers have been fantastic and should be very proud and we owe a lot to all the funders for enabling the work to be done.

“The Community Engagement team at Preston Council have worked really hard on this project too and I am delighted with their work.”

Lancashire County Councillor David Borrow added: “The Healthy Streets initiative is a great project to be involved with.

“It is excellent to see the modifications that have been done as part of the initiative.”

Barley Pit is located between Summerfields and Millerfields in Savick

Fund for the improvements have been provided by Preston Council Parks Department, Joint Health Unit Healthy Streets and Lancashire County Council Environmental Projects.

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