Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Lib Dem pressure gets boating lake reopened

Cllr Josie Crawford, Ian Swales, Cllr Irene Curr

Coatham Boating Lake will be re-opened in time for Easter.

Labour controlled Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council have bowed to pressure from Coatham Ward Councillors Josie Crawford and Irene Curr who, along with Ian Swales, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar, have persistently campaigned for the area to be reopened and the fencing removed.

Funding was put in place, by the Lib Dem led Coalition that ran Redcar & Cleveland up to May last year, for major refurbishment work to the boating lake and surrounding area. The funding was separate from the Coatham Links development on the same site but the new Labour administration, for reasons known only to them, put a stop to the work and the lake has remained fenced off ever since.

The Coalition's plans were to restore the boating lake to it's original 1930's state. It is hoped that this remains the same under Labour.

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