Talks progress on Clipstone drainage pool

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TALKS are underway between a developer and councillors over a village drainage pool which locals say is a safety hazard.

Clipstone Parish Council has received emails from Bovis Homes suggesting a deal on the soakaway pool between First Avenue and Portland Way.

Chad reported in June how households were concerned it was not secure enough.

Children from the village often play in it when dry weather empties the hole, which is protected only by a vandalised wooden fence.

The council met last week and discussed progress on negotiations with landowners Bovis.

Chairman Sheila Soar said the emails had followed a recent site meeting with a representatives of the firm.

One option offered by the firm involves Bovis agreeing to pay for the installation of a new secure fence in exchange for the council taking ownership of the land.

Councillors agreed to negotiate with the firm and ask about insurance and liability implications if the authority were to take on the land.

“It needs sorting because it fills quickly and it wouldn’t take much for a child to get in and drown,” said coun Soar.

The pool was built to try to reduce persistent flooding on Portland Way on the new Cavendish estate.