Sandhill Lake in Worksop is about to receive a major facelift thanks to a community partnership that has raised more than £100,000.
The project, spearheaded by the local community group Sandy Lane Forum, has been more than a year in the making and has involved extensive consultation in the local community and fund-raising from a number of partners.
These include Notts County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme, Bassetlaw District Council, WREN and the Sandy Lane Forum.
It is hoped that this regeneration project will bring more visitors back to Sandhill Lake, also known locally as Godfrey’s Pond, and help to promote its appeal in the wider community through its extended partners, who also include Public Health, REAL Education, Worksop Angling Club, North Notts College and Redlands School among others.
The areas that have initially been earmarked for regeneration include general repair work such as improving paths, replacing gates and improving safety around the lake, in addition to new fishing platforms and the management of woodland within the site.
Coun David Pressley, ward member for Worksop North West, said: “This project will bring much needed improvements to a great facility which can become a hub of community activity, not just for this area, but for all of Bassetlaw.”
“Many residents are unaware of Sandhill Lake and I hope that this regeneration will encourage people to visit and enjoy the fantastic surroundings.
“We’ll also be giving the community a greater say in how the project develops by forming a ‘Friends of Sandhill Lake’ group. I hope that as many residents as possible will want to join and participate.”
Notts County Council’s member for Worksop West, Coun Kevin Greaves added: “This is a beautiful tranquil location right in the middle of our town with a charming lake full of wildlife.”
“As a small boy I remember spending many hours fishing here.”
“I am sure this will bring many friends together in the years to come.”