Historic Chingford Pond plans on show

RESIDENTS will have a chance to look at plans for the restoration of historic Chingford Pond when an exhibition is held at Duncton Village Hall this week.

The pond, designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance, forms part of the Burton and Chingford Ponds Local Nature Reserve in Burton Park, which has a Grade II listing from English Heritage.

The scheme will raise water levels by about two metres and construct spillways, so the pond meets the requirements of the Reservoirs Act of 1975.

It will also see the restoration of the historic ornamental water cascade, to the east of the dam wall.

The scheme will help address the problem of sediment collecting in nearby county council-owned Burton Mill Pond, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, fed by Chingford Pond.

The exhibition is taking place at the hall on Wednesday (October 24)from 4pm-7.30pm.

Lionel Barnard, deputy leader of West Sussex County Council and responsible for environment issues, said: “This will be a good opportunity to see the plans and speak to our staff and the consultants who have designed 
the scheme.”

The project is being carried out jointly with the Petworth Management Company, which leases the pond to the county council.

Preliminary designs have already been shared with the Local Nature Reserve Committee, the South Downs National Park Authority, Natural England, the Environment Agency, and Burton Park residents.

Cllr Barnard said: “The exhibition is designed to ensure we get views of people before the planning application is submitted in December.”

Work is expected to start in May 2013, and to take six months to complete.

It will be funded by the county council and Petworth Management Company, who have been awarded funding by Natural England through the Countryside Stewardship scheme.