New Midhurst South Pond group to meet

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A PUBLIC open meeting of a new group set up to protect and enhance Midhurst’s popular South Pond area is to take place next week.

Organisers would welcome anyone who wants to share some ideas about the pond or hear more about the new vision and management plan to attend on Wednesday (September 26)at 7.30pm in St Ann’s Hall.

It has been set up by Midhurst residents Graham Ault, Sarah Murison and Sophie May Lewis after the former SPACE (South Pond Active Community Endeavour) group folded.

“The pond area is an important part of the rich history of Midhurst, dating back nearly a thousand years,” said Mr Ault.

“Although still a pleasant place to visit, it is very vulnerable to littering and anti-social behaviour. It has relatively poor biodiversity and this is a reflection of the poor quality of water in the pond.”

He said a new ‘vision’ for the area was agreed last year between the former ‘SPACE’ group, Midhurst Town Council, Chichester District Council and the national park authority. “It envisages the preparation and agreement of a new management plan including improved water quality through more water plants and the further removal of fish, approaches to reducing the level of duck feeding, the creation of wild flower areas, improvements to the appearance of the pond edges and the removal of poor quality hard standing areas.”

Other improvements will link to the development of the new leisure centre.

The new group can be contacted by email (grahamault@btinternet.com) or through their Facebook page