Clean-up to begin on estate’s ponds

One of the ponds at Elsea Park
One of the ponds at Elsea Park
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PONDS on a housing estate in Bourne are set for a much-needed overhaul this month.

The two ponds and fountains at the entrance to Elsea Park were dug out about ten years ago to act as lagoons to take surface water running off the roads and roofs of the newly-built housing development.

During this time lots of silt has drained into the ponds too and this needs to be removed before the ponds begin to clog up, threatening the wildlife and reducing the ponds ability to catch drainage water.

The work, which has been organised by housing developer Kier Homes which owns the ponds, will involve removing the silt, pond weed and older rushes, as well as any rubbish that has collected at the bottom of the ponds.

To minimise the impact on the wildlife, work will take place on one pond at a time.

The fish will be caught and stored in specialist tanks until the work has been completed too.

Angela Bailey is chairman of the Elsea Park Community Trust which will eventually take over the maintenance of the ponds. S

The said: “The ponds at the front of Elsea Park have become very important to the residents of the development and the wider public in Bourne.

“We are delighted that Kier Homes has decided to carry out this vital work and we ask everyone to bear with us while the de-silting is under way.

“The work will ensure that the ponds continue to do their job for many years to come and will look even better as the gateway to the town.”

Kier Homes and the trust have worked closely with Natural England and the Environment Agency to ensure everything possible is being done to protect wildlife.

On completion of the work by specialist drainage company Fen Ditching, the ponds will look a little worse but remedial works will begin to bear fruit in the early spring and by the summer the ponds will look healthy again – and be a whole lot healthier under the water too.

Maintenance work costing about £40,000 will start on Bourne Memorial Gardens and the Bourne Eau river bank this month too.

Bourne United Charities will be carrying out the work to improve the overall look of the gardens and to secure the river bank in South Street. The work will take about a month to complete.