Bid to save old part of the reservoir from demolition

Children from Manor Road Primary School at the Old Leyland Reservoir in Back Lane, Clayton-le-Woods
Children from Manor Road Primary School at the Old Leyland Reservoir in Back Lane, Clayton-le-Woods
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School children are fighting to save part of the Clayton-le-Woods reservoir which has become popular in the community.

More than 7,000 visitors have now been the see the Old Leyland Reservoir in Back Lane, which has opened to the public for a limited time before it is demolished.

Now, pupils from Manor Road Primary School have teamed up with the Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society to desperately save one of the arches and restore it in the school grounds.

Boyd Harris, from the society, explained: “We don’t want this piece of history to be lost forever, and ideally we’d like to take out one of the arches and rebuild it at the school.

“It will take us months to raise the money to do it, and I believe it will cost around £15,000, so we are asking for the public’s support to see if this is something we can achieve.

“There has been such a positive response since the reservoir opened that we want to keep the momentum going.

“The response has just been unbelievable really; people are really full of enthusiasm about this, so I don’t think raising the money is out of the question.”

Developer Kingswood Homes has ploughed more than £10,000 into opening the underground reservoir for a two-week period so that members of the community had the chance to see it before houses are built on the land above.

Development director Paul Jones said: “We’re quite happy to help organise the removal of one of the archways but from a financial point of view, we’re not in a position to fund it, and time is running out really.

“We’ve already put the scheme off so we could open the reservoir, and we’re looking to make a good start on things in the next couple of weeks.”