Darwen MP welcomes reservoir safety work
1:04pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
DARWEN’S MP has welcomed plans to make a once-popular reservoir safe again.
The Environment Agency will begin work to make Jacks Key safer, by carrying out routine inspection work, maintenance and tree clearance, from spring next year. As reported in the Lancashire Telegraph last month, Blackburn with Darwen Council has given its approval for the work to go ahead, which will see the reservoir partially filled with water during heavy rain and then slowly empty itself into the River Darwen. Once the work is completed, the council is expected to buy the site from the Duchy of Lancaster for a nominal fee.
Darwen MP Jake Berry said: “It is fantastic news that the safety of the reservoir will be improved.
“Many Darreners were devastated by flooding in 2012 and I know that more properties would undoubtedly have been affected if the reservoir hadn’t been there. I am really pleased that the Environment Agency is carrying out these works to ensure the safety of residents.”
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