The pond at The Plain in Goudhurst is being de-silted for the first time in over 50 years. Silt accumulation, duck and fish waste have decreased the depth of the water to a critical level, as well as reducing water quality.
After receiving professional advice, the Parish Council has decided that silt removal is the best option.
Starting with the removal of the fish by professionals, the draining of the pond began in the week of 24th July, after which the silt will be left to dry as much as possible.
During the week beginning 25th September, heavy machinery will move around 600 tons of silt. There will be some traffic disruption in the area of the Parish Hall driveway as lorries are loaded.
Finally, the Pond will be refilled by natural means and fish returned.
Parish Cllr Stephen Wickham says: “Our apologies for any inconvenience but our view is it is a job that must be done as part of the prudent maintenance of our conservation area.”
“We have selected a very experienced contractor to carry out the work and they will work so as to reduce disruption to a minimum.”
Goudhurst Parish Hall will be closed for the week beginning 25th September.