Controversial flood prevention scheme at Burton Mill opens at last

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THE CONTROVERSIAL £700,000 flood management project at Burton Mill Pond near Duncton has finally been opened, 21 weeks after it was supposed to be completed.

The proposals initially caused outrage from residents nearby who claimed the designs were inappropriate in the South Downs National Park. They invited their MP Nick Herbert to see the site in April and explained their concerns, and he backed their call for the works to be suspended until a better scheme could be devised.

The scheme, which started in January, was initially estimated to cost £450,000 and take 23 weeks to complete.

Mr Herbert joined residents living close to the pond and those involved with the project for an official opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of the dam, spillway and weir. A new decking area has also been built, which covers the weir and provides a viewing spot.