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Bradlaugh Fields pond rescuer threatened with legal action by Northampton Borough Council

Jo Almond's sons help her build a trench to refill the pond in Bradlaugh Fields NNL-141006-111200001

Jo Almond's sons help her build a trench to refill the pond in Bradlaugh Fields NNL-141006-111200001

A woman who dug a trench to refill a public pond that had shrunk due to nearby repair works has been threatened with legal action.

Mother-of-two, Jo Almond, who lives next to Bradlaugh Fields in Northampton, took matters into her own hands when repair works on a leaking pipe by Anglian Water caused the park’s main pond to shrink.

Mrs Almond responded by digging a short trench from the pond to an area that often floods so the overflow would feed into the pond and top it up. But while Northampton Borough Council told the Chron they appreciated residents’ interest in the situation, they have since written to Mrs Almond saying they will “consider taking court proceedings” if any “resultant damage” is caused to the council-owned park.

In response, Mrs Almond said: “I respect there has to be rules and boundaries to protect property, but if the council would take more action more quickly to help these ponds and wildlife, then people like me wouldn’t have to do unauthorised work that may put them at risk of legal action.

“The tadpoles and ducks there don’t need meetings, they need water.”

Unplanned changes to natural water tables can cause long-term damage to ecological systems. The council acknowledged that Mrs Almond was “well motivated” in her actions and said to her: “The council is working with Anglian Water and other stakeholders in Bradlaugh Fields to put in place an environmentally sustainable solution to replace the ponds that have become drained following the repair work that was made to the long standing leak from a water main in the area. You are welcome to become involved in this work.”

 

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