"Where are the fish?" Park campaigner says Fishponds park should be renamed

Stagnating Fishponds park "where the fish have all died"

Stagnating Fishponds park "where the fish have all died"

Stagnating Fishponds park "where the fish have all died"

Stagnating Fishponds park "where the fish have all died"

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy editor

An award-winning park in Surbiton is being left to stagnate after a plan to improve the space was abandoned four years ago, according to an environmental campaigner.

Bob Howe said Fishponds Park in Ewell Road should be stripped of its Green Flag award and renamed – as there are no longer any fish in the ponds.

He blamed the failure by Thames Water to complete a project known as the Browns Road flood alleviation scheme for the park’s downfall.

Mr Howe, 68, from King Charles Road, Surbiton, took the Surrey Comet on a tour of Fishponds, pointing out algae covered ponds and broken water filters.

He said: “This used to be a lovely park. Ponds were clean, there were fish in them. Now there are no fish in this park at all. They’ll have to rename it.

“It won a Green Flag award, but I don’t know how. It should be taken away.”

The Browns Road Flood alleviation scheme took place between November 2009 and March 2010.

It set out to install an overflow system to allow storm water to flow into the Fishponds and out to the Hogsmill River, preventing Browns Road from flooding.

Although that part of the scheme was completed, several promised enhancements failed to materialise, Mr Howe said.

They included de-silting the ponds and restocking them with fish, improving pipework, creating new stag beetle habitats and improving the wetland area.

A Kingston Council spokesman said: “The council raised concerns with Thames Water at the time the scheme was installed, including questions about the inevitable build up of silt.

"A plan to deal with this was promised, but little appears to have been done since the scheme was put in place despite efforts to contact Thames Water.

“The scheme has successfully diverted surface water from Browns Road through the ponds in the park and into the Hogsmill River.”

A Thames Water spokeswoman said: “We are investigating what has happened and will send an engineer down to the site to assess the situation."

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9:31am Mon 21 Jul 14

Imigrante says...

Kingston Council should act on this one and redevelop the park. But I guess they were more interested in 2 projects that were actually not well liked and also were waste of money, the Tolworth Greenway and Ancient Market...
Kingston Council should act on this one and redevelop the park. But I guess they were more interested in 2 projects that were actually not well liked and also were waste of money, the Tolworth Greenway and Ancient Market... Imigrante
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10:05am Mon 21 Jul 14

MillieMac says...

I think its a real shame the state of the Fishponds these days, the ponds look filthy and neglected.
I think its a real shame the state of the Fishponds these days, the ponds look filthy and neglected. MillieMac
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10:40pm Tue 22 Jul 14

D'Benton says...

I have written to the council several times about the failure of Thames Water. I have a copy do the original plan if anyone wants it claiming that it would be a mini wetlands centre!
I have written to the council several times about the failure of Thames Water. I have a copy do the original plan if anyone wants it claiming that it would be a mini wetlands centre! D'Benton
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