Major work planned for Warnham Mill Pond

A ROUTINE inspection of Warnham Mill Pond Reservoir has identified the need for work to be undertaken to meet revised safety standards.

This work will ensure that the operation of the reservoir does not increase the risk of flooding downstream during a very severe rainfall event.

Warnham Mill Pond is within and forms part of the Warnham Local Nature Reserve off Warnham Road in Horsham.

Managed by Horsham District Council in partnership with the Environment Agency, Warnham Mill Pond is classified a ‘reservoir’ under the Reservoirs Act 1975.

Horsham District Council has appointed consultants, funded by Defra (Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs), to carry out a detailed study which has identified a range of options and potential solutions.

These will be displayed at public exhibitions to be held at various locations during November and December.

Further information about the range of options and how to comment on them can also be found online after November 3 at www.horsham.gov.uk or by contacting Horsham District Council on 01403 215059.

Jonathan Chowen, district council Cabinet Member for Arts, Heritage and Leisure said:

”We recognise the value the Warnham Mill Pond provides to local residents and visitors.

“It is therefore important that appropriate works are undertaken to ensure that flooding risks are mitigated and that local communities are able to influence the option chosen for the site.

“We would like to encourage all users of the site, or those who live in Horsham to visit the exhibition and provide your views.”

The exhibition materials can also be visited online after November 3 at www.horsham.gov.uk For the full story see the County Times on Thursday.