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Fears raised over Brook Hollows fence

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

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MOVES to install a safety fence around a Rolleston beauty spot could in fact cause more bad than good, it has been claimed.

Members of Rolleston Parish Council said they were concerned that the barrier around Brook Hollows could act as a ‘challenge’ for children, who may try to get scale it to get into the silted-up water hole.

The fence will be put up by landowners East Staffordshire Borough Council, following advice from safety experts.

Councillor Steve Sanderson said: “This is not the solution we are looking for. Some children could see it as some sort of challenge.

“The fence could become an obstruction for getting people out.”

The area has been a bone of contention between the parish and borough councils. Parish councillors have long wanted the water to be de-silted and restored to its former glory, but borough officials have refused.

Concerns have been expressed over the safety of youngsters playing in the area, who could get stuck in the silt.

Councillor James Toon said: “We don’t want anything to happen to the children because of the fence.

“We want this problem solved; not masked.”

The fence was recommended following advice from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

A spokesman for the borough council said: “Rolleston Parish Council has previously raised concerns over water safety at Brook Hollows.

“As part of its ongoing commitment to providing safe open spaces, East Staffordshire Borough Council invited the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents to carry out a water safety audit on all open spaces in the borough with water contained within the site.

“At the Brook Hollows site the Borough Council is putting into place fencing and signage as recommended in the professional guidance received from ROSPA. This approach is being taken as simply de-silting the site would not be an effective response as the watercourse will continue to silt up”.

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