Nature takes over station site

Former Penwortham Power Station
Former Penwortham Power Station
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A former power station site has undergone a £20,000 nature park transformation.

Money from South Ribble Council’s Penwortham My Neighbourhood Forum and United Utilities has gone towards resurfacing a landing platform by the riverbank at Priory Park, off Holme Road, Penwortham, as well as creating wooden owl and otter sculptures, an outdoor classroom area and two information boards.

The landing platform, which dated back to the 1920s when the Ribble Power Station was built beside the Ribble, has become unfit for purpose in recent years.

United Utilities pledged £10,000 to bring it back into action, and the council was able to match the funding through section 106 money generated by local developments.

Environmental charity Groundwork has trimmed back bushes on the riverbank and in the coming weeks will be putting information boards in place, which tell visitors of the history of the power station and local wildlife habitats.

Councillor Jenny Hothershall, chair of Penwortham My Neighbourhood Forum, said: “It’s been a real team effort to get the riverbank back into shape and now it’s looking better than ever.

“Visitors can get closer to the river than before and enjoy the view on the newly resurfaced pontoon.

“The information boards and wooden carvings, once they are installed, will really bring the whole area to life and make not only an enjoyable, but an educational experience for local residents.”

Pupils from Middleforth Primary School have also planted bulbs in the area which are sprouting in time for spring.

The power station was decommissioned in the early 1980s and soon demolished.