Work to start at Mill Pond in April

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Major improvements to Crawley beauty spot the Mill Pond will begin next month.

Trees have been removed around the Mill Pond over the past few weeks to allow building work to begin on Monday April 21.

The 18-month project will see:

A new dam near Ifield Mill, to include a new spillway

De-silting of both the northern and southern ponds

New and improved footpaths and boardwalks

An extra car park off Gossops Drive for 10 vehicles.

Clay to construct the new dam will come from the bed of the northern pond.

This will be replaced with some of the excavated silt, which will also be used to form a new island in the Mill Pond and extend the western bank of the southern pond.

The remaining silt will be taken off site to improve agricultural land.

Work will be completed in three stages. Construction starts at the dam and the northern pond, in Ifield.

Work then moves on to the southern pond, in Bewbush and Gossops Green, before the final stage at Bewbush Water Gardens.

Cllr Ken Trussell, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “It will be great to see all of the hard work of the past few years paying off when work starts soon.

“We started this huge project in 2011 by asking residents what improvements they wanted to see at the Mill Pond. I’m looking forward to seeing work begin and this beautiful part of our town improved even further.”