Historic pond scheme set to be approved

Visitors to Leyland's Worden Park are complaining about the state of the duck pond
Visitors to Leyland's Worden Park are complaining about the state of the duck pond
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Work on Worden Park’s landmark fish pond is set to get the green light.

Planning councillors will meet tomorrow evening and have been given the thumbs up to approve the proposals.

The scheme will improve the pond, which will include the removal of silt, together with the reconstruction of islands and banks and the creation of a new dipping platform/boardwalk.

An outlet weir will also be reconstructed and reinforced.

The application from South Ribble Council is going before the authority’s planning committee as the work to the 18th century pond - has over time become silted with leaf build up from adjacent trees - needs listed building consent.

Its banks and three islands have also eroded as a result of failure of the weir and reduced water depth.

The pond, which is one of the park’s major landscape, features completely dries out in the summer months and is in need of significant restoration.

Planning officers have recommended to councillors that the work should go ahead.

The committee will be told in a report: “Proposed changes are appropriate in both material and design, will sit well within the context of both protected structures but usable public space and accord well to adopted national and local policy.”