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Calls for action to avoid ‘loss of life’ at village beauty spot

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

11/03/14 Dangerous Pond Rolleston Brook Hollows - Residents complaining that the council need to get it cleaned out due to the silt in it.

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ACTION must be taken to ensure that children are safe at a popular beauty spot in Rolleston, it has been claimed.

Members of Rolleston Parish Council said the rising level of silt in the lake at Brook Hollows could be causing a real danger to children who play there, as well as other people who use it.

They say that if the problem gets much worse there could be a genuine concern for ‘loss of life’ at the picturesque spot, where the lake is so full of sediment that the water is just a few inches deep at some points.

At the latest meeting of the authority, Councillor Steve Sanderson said: “Our major concern is the silt. It’s liable to produce a dangerous situation, as children could see the silted up lake as a safe areas to walk or play on, and it’s far from safe. We’re concerned about loss of life.”

Left to its own devices, the silt could clog up the lake for some time. It is estimated a stream would naturally form in 20 years.

Landowners East Staffordshire Borough Council said it will continue to monitor the build up of silt and any risk posed, but does not plan to take action.

However, the parish council has received advice from an expert, who suggested creating a man-made stream by using the silt to create bunds.

Other measures could also be taken to ensure the lake is safe and remains an asset to the village, the council said.

Councillor Sanderson added: “If nothing is done, it opens the land owner up to perhaps claims against there if there is loss of life. From the village’s point of view, most people would be very concerned to see the loss of the lake.”

The suggested work, which has not yet been costed, would take around six months, it is understood.

Councillors are hoping to persuade East Staffordshire Borough Council to carry out the work, and plan to write a letter to the authority stressing their concerns. They plan to get feasibility studies first.

A spokesman for the borough council told the Mail: “The council would need to see detailed plans before considering any other potential options.”

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