HC Deb 26 April 1972 vol 835 c1519
7. Mr. Lamond

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what reply he has sent to Oldham County Borough's letter of 11th April requesting the assistance of his Department to establish a countryside park at Oldham Edge.

Mr. Graham Page

Oldham County Borough Council has been told that derelict land reclamation grant would be available. I am sending to the hon. Member a copy of the letter which has been sent to the council.

Mr. Lamond

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I welcome that reply which is extremely encouraging and I hope he will continue the policy of encouraging co-operation by local authorities to provide much-needed open-air recreational facilities in densely populated areas such as south-east Lancashire?

Mr. Page

The difficulty in this case was that the application was for a countryside park and the area was not in the countryside. Nevertheless, the derelict land grant will take its place.