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From: West Sussex County Council
12 October 2012
Chingford Pond Improvements - Public Exhibition To Be Held
Residents will have a chance to comment on plans to restore historic Chingford Pond when an exhibition is held at Duncton Village Hall later this month.
The pond, designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance, forms part of the Burton and Chingford Ponds Local Nature Reserve located within Burton Park, which has a Grade 2 listing from English Heritage.
The scheme will raise water levels by about 2 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, which is fed by Chingford Pond.
The exhibition is taking place at Duncton Village Hall on Wednesday 24 October 2012 from 4.00pm-7.30pm.
Lionel Barnard, Deputy Leader of West Sussex County Council who has responsibility for environment issues, said: "This will be a good opportunity for residents to see the plans and also speak to our staff as well as 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.
Lionel said: "The public exhibition is designed to ensure we get the views of local people prior to a planning application being submitted in December."
Work on the project is expected to start in May 2013, and is currently expected 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 a scheme known as Countryside Stewardship.

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