Outcry over sorry state of historic park’s duck pond

Concern: People have been posting online about the neglected pond
Concern: People have been posting online about the neglected pond
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Visitors to Leyland’s award-winning Worden Park are kicking up a stink about the ‘sorry state’ of the duck pond.

Families who used to feed the ducks have expressed their disappointment that some of the pond has dried up and looks more like a swamp now.

Voicing their anger on the Leyland Memories Facebook page, people are calling for South Ribble Council to sort the problem out, describing the ‘neglected’ pond as looking ‘dreadful’ and a ‘mess’.

The council said plans are in place to restore the pond to its former glory - but only when funds become available.

Facebook user Michael Bennett wrote: “I remember when it used to be about four feet deep and there was a ‘no fishing’ sign on it.

“The only sign it needs now is one that says ‘no fish in’ but you can tell that by looking at it. It only looks a shadow of its former self these days.”

Carrie Woo added: “It is a shame, the kids used to love going over to feed the ducks.”

South Ribble Council has not received any complaints about the pond, but the cabinet member for street scene, Coun Peter Mullineaux, said: “Unfortunately, due to natural leaf fall and the erosion of the banks, the fish pond in Worden Park has started to naturally infill with silt, as all ponds tend to do overtime.

“We are aware of the issue and plans are in place to dredge the pond to restore the depth of the water, rebuild the banks and islands and create a new boardwalk there to bring it back to its best.

“Our focus however does have to be on completing works that are classed as urgent due to health and safety.

“The pond will refill naturally with a change in the weather and we will ensure we start the improvements as soon as funding becomes available.”