Pond animals under threat
WILDLIFE in a once picturesque Needham Market pond could be under threat as water levels drop dangerously low.For generations, tourists and residents alike have marvelled at the beauty of the natural attraction, but now its future is looking doubtful.
WILDLIFE in a once picturesque Needham Market pond could be under threat as water levels drop dangerously low.
For generations, tourists and residents alike have marvelled at the beauty of the natural attraction, but now its future is looking doubtful.
The RSPCA was due to relocate a family of four geese on Friday as concern grew about the well-being of the pond's wildlife.
Town clerk Jo Lea accompanied the RSPCA representative on a site visit and said it had been decided to relocate the geese for their own safety.
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A number of ducks and small fish still occupy the water, but it is hoped agreement can be reached about topping up water levels to maintain the environment.
Mrs Lea said: "The pond is on private property and it has been developed exactly as the plans stated it should. Nowhere on the planning conditions did it state the landowner should be responsible for the upkeep of the pond.
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"Fortunately, the water is being topped by the couple who live nearby but we hope to come to an agreement with the actual landowner when he returns from holiday."
Since the death of the farmer who owned the land, the site has been split into a number of plots, leading to confusion about who is responsible for its upkeep.
A number of residents have expressed concern at the plight of the attraction, which is seen as one of the town's greatest delights.
Brian Crascall, of Bosmere Court, said: "Everyone in Needham Market has memories about that pond and wants to keep it.
"We don't want to lose it and it's sad to see it in its present state."
A barn, which is up for sale at £595,000, is currently being marketed as accompanying the pond.
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