Harlow’s county councillors give cash boost to Parndon Mill well

Lifestyle / Tue 27th Jul 2021 at 05:25pm

ONE of Harlow’s most loved attractions, Parndon Mill, is having a new water supply fitted to ensure the site has the water that it requires. The previous 18′ deep well was the only water supply, but was not enough for the great events that the venue holds.

Harlow West county councillors, Cllr Michael Hardware and Cllr Clive Souter, used their £20,000 Essex Localities Fund to grant Parndon Mill the money to kick-start the project. This enabled Phase 1, the trenching and laying of pipes and electrics. Phase 2 is now underway which is the drilling of a borehole which goes down 44 metres to the chalk aquifer.

The Project Manager and Trustee of the Mill, Roger Lee, strongly welcomed the grant funding saying:

“Needless to say that the pandemic has slowed our campaign for funding as people have, understandably, other priorities. One of our key fundraising events was our Open Studios weekends which could not happen in 2020 or 2021.

“In order to run the event we would have to scrounge extra water supplies from the Fire Brigade, going to and fro the Town Centre with 1000 litres in the back of our old truck! This was because our 800 – 1000 visitors would use more than our little well could keep up with!

“The grant from the County Councillors was perfect timing and a perfect amount to get phase one, the trenching and pipe laying, underway whilst our car park was quiet. The borehole is now drilled to 65mtrs and we have water. Just waiting for confirmation of test results before we connect.

“In normal times, Parndon Mill delivers many thousands of instances per annum of access to creativity for the public via classes, workshops and exhibitions. A sustainable water supply will help the project develop to deliver more as Harlow grows into the future.

“The Government Gigabit allowance scheme has also helped to future proof Parndon Mill Hub of Creativity which is now connected to the Superfast Fibre Broadband network.”

The county councillors who issued the grant, Cllr Michael Hardware and Cllr Clive Souter added:

“We are delighted that our allocation of the Essex County Council Localities Fund is helping the much-loved Parndon Mill so well. This fund was set up to support community projects across Essex and we allocated our share to Stewards School, the Harlow Rock School, Parndon Mill, Great Parndon Community Association and Harlow Penguins swimming club.

“This money is really helping on the front line and we will continue to work hard to support all of our much loved community assets. We also strongly encourage all residents to visit Parndon Mill to see it’s beauty and perhaps even use the new water system when the installation is finished!”

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