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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Longlands Lake lovers sought

A LOCAL group or individual is being invited to take on responsibility for Longlands Lake, near Egremont.

By Gillian Ellison

The lake – rich in wildlife and vegetation – is owned by Cumbria County Council which is looking to transfer it to the local community.

The council says it looks to identify community assets that it owns and no longer needs which can be transferred to community groups to fully maximise potential – usually free of charge.

Egremont councillor, David Southward, said: “This is a great opportunity. Longlands Lake is well-loved and I hope a new owner comes forward to secure it for the community.”

The lake is important for its bird population and breeding species include mute swan, coot, moorhen, goosander, tufted duck and mallard.

The process from an initial expression of interest to transfer usually takes about 12 months. Those interested in discussing the possibilities should contact Joanna Coleman, area engagement officer at Joanna.coleman@cumbria.gov.uk

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