March 10, 2014 | Brenkley News
Final restoration and landscaping work on Phase Two of the Pegswood Community Park is progressing on schedule, after agreement was reached late last year on how it was to be carried out.
Regional employer Banks Mining had previously finalised the majority of the planned restoration and landscaping work on the site of the former Pegswood surface mine, which it operated between 1997 and 2005, but was been unable to complete the project’s second phase as originally planned due to an issue with the water level on the lake that is at the centre of it.
A range of potential solutions to this issue were developed by Banks and discussed with local communities and with representatives of the County and Parish Councils, concluding with the presentation by the company of two restoration options to a meeting of Pegswood Parish Council in October 2013.
The Council decided that its preference was that the current landform and water level should be retained, with the lake area being landscaped with extra planting, footpaths, fencing and seeding.
After making initial preparations in the week before Christmas, the Banks restoration team has been making good progress with the agreed work this year, despite the recent bad weather.
New paths are now being laid around the top end of the lake, the existing boulders along the waterline of the lake are being repositioned, and a redundant outfall near the park’s car park has been filled in. Seed sowing and planting will follow at the appropriate seasonal times.
Mark Dowdall at The Banks Group, says: “Having the agreement of the local Pegswood community on how work at the Community Park was to be completed was very important to the success of the project, and we’re very pleased to be completing the final touches to the restoration.
“The very wet weather that the region has experienced over the winter has made ground conditions quite challenging, but work remains on schedule and we’ve been able to make good progress so far.
“Phase one of the Park has been a real success and is very well used by local people, and we’re looking forward to being able to open Phase Two for everyone to enjoy through the summer and beyond.
“Work is also continuing to complete the footpath link through Phase Two of the country park and Howburn Wood to Worrell Bank, which includes additional fencing and habitat enhancement work, and we hope to have this footpath link as soon as possible.”