Hundreds of residents took the opportunity to find out the latest news on improvements to the Mill Pond.
Crawley Borough Council, which is restoring the dam and improving the environment at the Mill Pond, hosted drop-in information sessions last week in Bewbush, Gossops Green and Ifield.
Plans and drawings of how the Mill Pond will look were displayed and the council’s design team was on hand to explain what is involved in the works and answer residents’ questions.
Councillor Ken Trussell, Cabinet member for Environment, dropped in on the information event at Dorsten Square, Bewbush.
He said: “This is an exciting, long-term project to improve the area as well as a necessary one to upgrade the dam.
“The drawings showing how the Mill Pond will look once the work is completed are very appealing and show how the area will be enhanced.
“Thanks to everyone who attended the drop-in events. It’s important we keep residents updated on progress throughout the planning and works and these are a great way of doing just that.”
The planning application for the works will be submitted next month.
If approved, construction will begin in April 2014 and take around two years to complete. Some access to the Mill Pond will be restricted during this time.
The dam upgrade and removal of silt will cost around £7.5m. Trees close to the existing dam will be felled but once work is finished and environmental improvements become established the Mill Pond, including the Bewbush Water Gardens, will look very similar to how it does now, the council says.
The uses at the Mill Pond, including angling and water for Ifield Mill, will also remain.
For more information visit www.crawley.gov.uk/millpond