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Future looks bright for Brooklands Park as lake is drained ahead of makeover

Released: Thursday, 12 October 2017

Work on giving a much-loved Worthing pleasure park lake an environmental-makeover is well underway - with hundreds of fish already moved temporarily upstream to protect them whilst excavation takes place.

Worthing Borough Council has commissioned Five Rivers Environmental Contracting to create a new thriving natural habitat for a diverse range of wildlife at the lake in Brooklands Park.

Working closely with local residents, the project is expected to take 12 weeks weather permitting.

Staff from the firm began work on site in Brighton Road early last week - with the water in the eight-acre lake already draining away ahead of dredging work starting later this month.

And teams from contractors said there was already good news, with a variety of species found to be living in the lake rescued and preserved despite the environmental concerns from local residents.

Jacob Dew, Five Rivers' project manager for the site, said:

“It's been a busy first few days on site.”

“We found a range of fish including roach, carp and eels and have looked after them, moving them into the top end of the Teville Stream. And because the silt is so deep, we have put up temporary fencing to protect people and their animals.”

“We're really excited about this project and looking forward to moving this forward.”

“We're really keen to get locals involved as much as possible. Watch this space and we will keep you all updated.”

The council acted last year after concerns about the environmental impact of the build-up of silt in the eight-acre lake.

Contractors began work on site last week, draining the lake to dry out the 15,000 cubic metres of silt at the bottom - the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools. The dried-out dirt will then be used to create new margins and an extra island to provide an habitat for birds and other wildlife.

To avoid similar problems in future Five Rivers will be narrowing the Teville stream in Valley Gardens and in front of the Brooklands cafe to increase water flow. Silt traps will also be installed to help stop debris finding its way to the bottom of the lake.

Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Diane Guest, said:

“I'm really excited by these plans from Five Rivers. I am confident the company will restore the lake to its full glory and help improve the park for generations to come.”

“I will be watching the work with a great deal of excitement.”

See also: Brooklands Park

Photo: Fencing has been erected around Worthing's Brooklands Lake as part of a major revamp of the area

PR17-143 - Fencing has been erected around Worthings Brooklands Lake as part of a major revamp of the area

Photo: Teams from Five Rivers have drained the lake in the first stage of a major revamp of Brooklands Park

PR17-143 - Teams from Five Rivers have drained the lake in the first stage of a major revamp of Brooklands Park

Photo: Teams from Five Rivers are on-site as a major revamp of Worthing's Brooklands Park begins

PR17-143 - Teams from Five Rivers are on-site as a major revamp of Worthing's Brooklands Park begins

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