Tidy up operation at old Darwen playing field

This Is Lancashire: The clean-up team on the field behind the former Darwen Moorland High School The clean-up team on the field behind the former Darwen Moorland High School

PLANS to bring an old playing field back into use took a massive step forward after a council-organised tidy-up operation.

Blackburn with Darwen Council held the Your Call event at Square Meadow, behind the former Darwen Moorland High School site. 

Volunteers cut the grass and generally tidied the area, which is to be brought back into community use.

Campaigner Harry Blackwell, of Dandy Row, who remembers playing on the field as a child, had been concerned for some time about the possibility of losing the site.

But earlier this year he was told it was to be preserved as it was not part of the land set to be sold off by the council if it is given permission by the Government.

Mr Blackwell said: “I am hoping to return the area to its former glory for the benefit of the whole community.

“If the excellent support I have received from the council through the Your Call scheme continues, then together we will see the successful fulfilment of this joint project.”

More than 30 volunteers got their hands dirty during the event. Coun Kate Hollern, leader of the council, said: “I was really pleased to give Harry this land through the Your call scheme.This emphasises our commitment to the concerns of our residents.

“The scheme allows the council to give residents the means to improve their communities and in turn improve the borough. This is the largest Your Call scheme to date and working with Harry I know it can be a success.”

Will Straw, Darwen’s prospective parliamentary Labour candidate in 2015, also took part in the event.

He said: “The community clean- up at Square Meadow was a brilliant event with more than two dozen volunteers picking up litter, strimming and flattening grass so that the old school field can be retained as a football pitch.

“Congratulations to Harry Blackwell for organising the event and getting so many people involved.

“The atmosphere was terrific on what was a beautiful winter day.”

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4:25pm Thu 5 Dec 13

blackburnwithdarwen says...

What with Jake Berry giving Darwen Tower a polish and now Will Straw getting his hands dirty anyone would think there’s an alternative purpose to all this. Surely not another publicity stunt Kate. This time for your leaders son Will?

It’s political party time again folks in aid of possible politicians to come. Watch this space for further exciting possibilities. But seriously, do we really want another Straw digging up our land?

The River Darwen needs dredging again Kate. I’ll loan you my wellies if you want?
What with Jake Berry giving Darwen Tower a polish and now Will Straw getting his hands dirty anyone would think there’s an alternative purpose to all this. Surely not another publicity stunt Kate. This time for your leaders son Will? It’s political party time again folks in aid of possible politicians to come. Watch this space for further exciting possibilities. But seriously, do we really want another Straw digging up our land? The River Darwen needs dredging again Kate. I’ll loan you my wellies if you want? blackburnwithdarwen

7:29am Fri 6 Dec 13

gags2 says...

were jake berry this time
were jake berry this time gags2

12:42am Mon 9 Dec 13

english rose 1 says...

blackburnwithdarwen wrote:
What with Jake Berry giving Darwen Tower a polish and now Will Straw getting his hands dirty anyone would think there’s an alternative purpose to all this. Surely not another publicity stunt Kate. This time for your leaders son Will?

It’s political party time again folks in aid of possible politicians to come. Watch this space for further exciting possibilities. But seriously, do we really want another Straw digging up our land?

The River Darwen needs dredging again Kate. I’ll loan you my wellies if you want?
Wrong on so many levels blackburnwith darwen !
* the tidy up was organised by local residents - surely anyone joining in giving a hand should be praised ?
*Jack Straw is certainly not Kate Hollern's 'leader'. For a start Kate lives in Darwen and Mr Straw has no influence on BwD Council policy.
* Rossendale and Darwen (whether you like it or not !) is a marginal seat. Of course politicians are going to come to marginal seats as these seats win or lose elections !
[quote][p][bold]blackburnwithdarwen[/bold] wrote: What with Jake Berry giving Darwen Tower a polish and now Will Straw getting his hands dirty anyone would think there’s an alternative purpose to all this. Surely not another publicity stunt Kate. This time for your leaders son Will? It’s political party time again folks in aid of possible politicians to come. Watch this space for further exciting possibilities. But seriously, do we really want another Straw digging up our land? The River Darwen needs dredging again Kate. I’ll loan you my wellies if you want?[/p][/quote]Wrong on so many levels blackburnwith darwen ! * the tidy up was organised by local residents - surely anyone joining in giving a hand should be praised ? *Jack Straw is certainly not Kate Hollern's 'leader'. For a start Kate lives in Darwen and Mr Straw has no influence on BwD Council policy. * Rossendale and Darwen (whether you like it or not !) is a marginal seat. Of course politicians are going to come to marginal seats as these seats win or lose elections ! english rose 1

12:52pm Mon 9 Dec 13

blackburnwithdarwen says...

Hand on heart English rose I - Can you honestly say that you are not politically biased?

I used to be politically biased myself having been brought up in the industrial east of Lancashire. Total war was the name of the game and still is between ‘them and us’ so to speak. But the older you get the clearer reality becomes. Politics is just a game played by those fortunate ones who take part. We are all different and want different things which is why not many people vote any more. Unfortunately the result is that even a donkey could become a councillor or an MP in Blackburn provided they carried the correct coloured banner within that particular ‘biased’ area.

Why is Blackburn politically angry when they have had the same ‘biased’ leaders looking after them year after year?
Hand on heart English rose I - Can you honestly say that you are not politically biased? I used to be politically biased myself having been brought up in the industrial east of Lancashire. Total war was the name of the game and still is between ‘them and us’ so to speak. But the older you get the clearer reality becomes. Politics is just a game played by those fortunate ones who take part. We are all different and want different things which is why not many people vote any more. Unfortunately the result is that even a donkey could become a councillor or an MP in Blackburn provided they carried the correct coloured banner within that particular ‘biased’ area. Why is Blackburn politically angry when they have had the same ‘biased’ leaders looking after them year after year? blackburnwithdarwen

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