Flooding headache at restored South Pond in Midhurst

South Pond where serious flooding problems are marring the restoration work
South Pond where serious flooding problems are marring the restoration work

Flooding around South Pond is causing a major headache for the voluntary group which has spent two years trying to restore what was the jewel in the crown of Midhurst.

Town councillor Lesley Campbell is now asking the town’s representatives on Chichester District Council (CDC), which owns South Pond, to add their weight to finding a solution.

She said there were two areas which were causing flooding problems, the worst affected area being close to the bridge on the path heading to South Street.

She said she had recently taken photographs illustrating the problem and sent them to officers at CDC.

But she said pressure was needed to try and get some action to rectify the problem.

“We need a meeting with some of the town council, CDC and the South Pond group to see what can be done and come to an appropriate agreement.”

District councillor Steve Morley said he believed a site meeting at South Pond would be constructive.

“We can look at it with a view to finding out what can be done to correct the problem.

But he warned: “It’s a massive task - CDC are aware of the problem but its a task and a half to correct it.”

David Coote told fellow town councillors the South Pond group had already been in contact with officers at CDC.

“The issue is to do with finance, but once we get into a new financial year, discussions can take place.”

He added: “The flooding is a real irritation to the South Pond group because the pond itself looks good.”

He said much of the problem was run-off in wet weather from the surrounding car parks: “The National park officers involved and others have got ideas about how to do it, including raising the level of the walkway.”

A CDC spokesman said: “Chichester District Council is working with the volunteers from the South Pond group. Together we are looking at ideas for improvement works to be carried out on the Grange side of the pond to help alleviate the flooding issues there. This is in the very early stages so we can’t give an idea on funding or timescales at present.”

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