SEVERAL SIGNS warning of the dangers lurking at a disused quarry in Harpur Hill which has become a bizarre tourist attraction have been ripped down.
The signs were erected at the so-called Blue Lagoon last month after being funded by donations from the area’s county councillor Pam Reddy from her community leadership fund, and a charitable donation.
It was hoped that by making it clear the Blue Lagoon was private land and dangerous, it would deter the visitors who have been arriving in their droves – but many of the signs were damaged soon after being erected.
Cllr Reddy, who was among a group of people who helped to put the signs up, said they were not there to deter people from walking their dogs in the area, which they have done for several years, but to warn visitors of the dangers of the area.
“It is a disused quarry when all is said and done so we want to deter people from going swimming in it,” she added.
Internet photos of the Blue Lagoon looking like a tropical holiday paradise have led to visitors from across the country flocking to the site to swim in the flooded quarry water.
But the water is only blue because of chemical pollution and contains amongst other items, rusty old cars.
Many families are coming to the site with their young children to camp and spend the weekend but the popularity of the site is causing no end of problems for locals who have suffered pollution, noise and parking problems. It has also become a massive drain on police resources.
However because the land is privately owned, neither the police or council have any powers of enforcement there.
County and borough councillors, local residents and the police have been working together for several months to try and find a solution to the problem.