HORSEWELL POND has been frozen over recently perhaps signifying that work to restore it was ‘on freeze’ as well. But as Hedon Town Councillor Jim Lindop explains here, work has been going on behind the scenes:
“As most people will be aware all work had to stop due to finding Great Crested Newts on a dig within the pond area .
We had a meeting recently, following which the representative from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust spoke to the biodiversity officer at East Riding Council (ERYC); they were fine with the proposal not to use an engineered interceptor tank (£10,000) and go with a green solution.
Plans will be drawn up and presented to the biodiversity team at ERYC and they have said they will liaise with the officer responsible and hopefully the green solution will be given the green light.
The green solution is to dig a swale (shallow ditch) to get water into the pond.
If this is agreed we may need to apply for a Euro licence to carry out work on the pond. Our aim is to have everything lined up for a spring deadline.”
Jim Lindop, Town Councillor and Mayor of Hedon
A formal update on progress with the pond will be given to Hedon Town Council’s Property Committee meeting tonight (Thursday 13th December 2012) at Hedon Town Hall.