Harlow Council has announced plans for the restoration of one of the town’s tranquil beauty spots and fishing facilities.
The much-loved and iconic Netteswell Pond, off Second Avenue, is to be restored this year with funding from Harlow Council and Essex County Council.
The project follows the similar restoration over the last two years of another one of Harlow’s beauty spots at Oakwood Pond.
Starting this month the project will move fast so there is as little disturbance to wildlife as possible, particularly the fishing stock. The restoration includes:
- Cutting back large willow trees, which are in danger of collapsing into the pond. Scrub and brambles that have been overwhelming the pond area over the past decade will be also be cut back.
- Draining and desilting the pond, with clearance of excess reeds from areas that have become increasingly congested. A renewed sluice will also see the water-holding capacity of the pond greatly increased. This will provide additional flood defences for Harlow businesses and residents.
- Rebuilding the fishing platforms.
- Renewal of old broken benches and replacement of litter bins.
- Installation of new signage highlighting the wildlife that can be found in the area and guidance on fishing rules.
- Rebuilding the island in the middle of the pond, providing opportunities for ducks to nest.
- Establishment of new and colourful marginal plants.
The current stock of fish will be removed and safely stored in holding tanks during the works, and will be returned when water levels are restored. It is anticipated that fishing will return in early summer 2019.
Councillor Danny Purton, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:
“I am delighted that at the beginning of the new year we can announce this new project to bring life back to one of Harlow’s iconic pond areas. The pond holds fond memories for local people and it should become a place to be proud of once again so new memories can be created for local families. I know residents will agree that this area is in need of some TLC to create a pleasant environment where families and local people can relax and play.”
The project has been made possible thanks to funding from both Harlow Council’s flood protection budget and Essex County Council’s Community Flood Improvement Fund. The work will be carried out by staff from the Council and HTS, specialised contractors and local volunteers.