Pond work set to start

WORK to improve Burton Mill Pond in Duncton, near Petworth, will start from Wednesday January 12.

The £450,000 West Sussex County Council scheme will involve reconstructing and increasing the spillway capacity to help prevent flooding. A new weir will also be built, and a culvert under Burton Park Road.

The work is scheduled to take up to 23 weeks to complete, weather permitting. It will be carried out Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.30pm.

Burton Park Road will be closed for the duration of the scheme. A signed diversion route will be via Station Road, Haslingbourne Lane and Shopham Road.

Lionel Barnard, Deputy Leader of West Sussex County Council with responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “This essential work needs to be carried out during a road closure for safety reasons and we do apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Deborah Urquhart, County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy, said: “The pond has Site of Special Scientific Interest status, so these improvement works, along with maintenance of the pond, will create and improve the habitat for wildlife in the area, including bats, dragonflies, craneflies and eels.”