The OPEN FORUM at the Town Council’s recent Annual Town Meeting saw doubts being raised over whether the project to restore Horsewell Pond will ever be completed.
During the Open Forum at the Annual Meeting, Jim Lindop asked what decisions had been taken by the working group established by the council to make progress on the project to restore Horsewell Pond.
After hearing that the group had not yet met, Mr Lindop said that advice received by him from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust had suggested that no work could be taken at the pond until November through to February in a year, because of the activity of animals and amphibians at the site. He said the council had missed its window of opportunity to complete the restoration.
Town Mayor and chairman of the council, Cllr John Dennis, responded by saying that the council had to look carefully at the project: “The pond never really had a ‘former glory’ ” he said “and we need to decide whether it’s wise to continue to throw money at it. There’s no proper supply of water, and we need to determine whether a scheme to supply water will actually work.”
This has been the first indication from the council that the project to restore Horsewell Pond might not go ahead – and although a decision will be based on the feasibility and costs of the project, this will certainly disappoint those supporters of restoration and those volunteers that have already helped out on the project.