HORSEWELL POND was labelled a ‘right mess’ by Councillor Alan Marshall at the last meeting of the Property Committee of Hedon Town Council on Thursday (13th February 2014) as Jim Lindop comments. The reeds have taken over the pond once again and the volunteer work to remove them that has taken place in the past seems to have all been done in vain.
The activity of wildlife at the pond, will now make further work on the restoration project very unlikely if not impossible for some time to come.
Since Jim Lindop’s resignation from Hedon Town Council in November 2013 the town has lost a local champion for the pond. There is no doubting that as Mayor and Mayoress Jim and Sue Lindop prioritised work on the pond as something important to the town. An interview with the Mayor and Mayoress (Lindops) in June last year confirms this:
“The pond is dear to our hearts,” says Sue “we hope that will be our legacy.” Jim talks enthusiastically about returning permanent water to the pond and waxes technically about “swales, trenches, filter beds, and special plants”. He is particularly pleased about the volunteers who have helped out digging and weeding, especially from his sons Jamie and Adam’s rugby team, BPRUFC.
The civic commitment from the Lindops to Horsewell Pond was backed up by a passionate and personal commitment too. This is not to discount the care and attention that Hedon councillors and particularly Councillor Marshall gives to such issues – his love of all things to do with the town’s history and heritage is well-known and respected – but just reveals that when a project has ‘champions’ then motivation, drive and project management is that much more apparent.
At the Town Council last Thursday a Pond ‘working group’ involving six councillors was established to take stock of the current situation and start again. In starting again it’s obviously important that we don’t lose sight of the time, effort and finance already spent on the project – but perhaps equally essential the council needs to identify who amongst its member will now play that role of ‘champion’ of the project.