REPLACEMENT OBSERVATION PLATFORM
Great news from Warrington Borough Council!
Risley Moss Action Group (RIMAG) is delighted that Warrington Borough Council’s is in consultation with WREN over the funding to support the construction of a replacement observation tower at Risley Moss Nature Reserve.
The original tower, an iconic structure that stood on the reserve since it opened in 1980, was destroyed by arsonists in 2017, and the culprits remain at large.
The community, both locally and beyond, has once again shown the high regard in which they hold Risley Moss. In the early 1990s, they worked together to prevent the closure of the reserve, and now they have shown solidarity in helping raise over £12,000 – a significant contribution to the successful bid, which RIMAG have ring fenced and managing until the Council can use it for the replacment structure.
This sum was raised through generous donations from local organisations including: Spectrum Striders, Friends of Birchwood Forest Park, sponsored participants in the Three Peaks Challenge, Emma Wood and the Elf Hunt Crew, ASDA Community Award, community fund raising through Go Fund Me, and a range of local school and uniformed youth groups. In addition, there were major contributions from the general public supporting RIMAG fundraising activities.
Special thanks also go to the management team at Birchwood Shopping Centre, who continue to support RIMAG.
An update about the tower is that the council are working on the origional plans as well as trying to develop a plan B should things fall through with the origional plans. The good working news is that the coucil are still committed to the provision of a replacment structure. Keep an eye out for announcemnets either here, on our facebook page or twwter or from the council (Autumn 2020).
Dr Paul Speake, RIMAG Chairman