Conservative councillors are calling for some attention to he given to a small but popular Saddleworth reservoir at the Kirklees border.
They are asking for repairs to be made to the car park and retaining stone wall at Brun Clough reservoir in Diggle; the bridge over the overflow has already been repaired by the Canal & River Trust, who are responsible for the waterbody itself, after it was reported to them.
However, negotiations for maintenance works on the wall and car park, which are Oldham Borough Council asset, at the site are still ongoing with the Estates Team - while the wall has now been added to a ‘minor list’ very little action is being taken.
Borough & Parish councillors have attended site visits, as well as with a Senior Technician of Structures and Drainage at OMBC. Cllr Graham Sheldon, who originally reported the problems, said: “I walk around this reservoir with my dog Ruby and it is very popular; the car park is always full and walking groups use Brun Clough as a meeting place for hikes over the Moors. It also provides views across Saddleworth, we should be showing visitors that we have high standards.”
He continued: “The collapsed wall is in line with the Pennine Way so, in the interests of working constructively, we have suggested that they use this as an opportunity to extend the footpath and crossing. This will save money while improving the situation.”
Parish Cllr Luke Lancaster has joined his colleagues Councillors Sheldon, Byrne & Woodvine in calling for OMBC to fund repairs at the reservoir, he added: “This reservoir is on the outskirts, at the Borough boundary, but that isn’t an excuse to neglect the site. People from across Saddleworth and Marsden use this facility and it is sub-standard, the craters in the car park surface could cause serious damage to vehicles and it looks bad.”