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Planners urged to save the duck pond
5:16pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
CONTROVERSIAL moves to drain a duck pond and fill it in could be sunk after council officers recommended that planning permission should not be granted for the work to be carried out.
Residents in Bedale have been up in arms over plans by Broadacres Housing Association to drain the pond behind Tom Hall Court, a complex for elderly people.
There have been complaints about the large number of ducks, with up to 70 congregating around the pond, and Broadacres say the majority of residents on the site support filling in the pond.
However Bedale Town Council objected to the plan, and Hambleton District Council has also recieved four letters of objection and a petition with 84 signatures.
Members of the planning committee, which meets on Thursday (September 12) are being urged to turn down the application.
Officers say it is the only permanent water feature within the developed area of Bedale and Aiskew, with the exception of the beck, and it is apparent that residents and local people consider the pond contributes to their enjoyment of the complex.
They say Broadacres have not put forward any evidence to manage the pond by controlling the duck population which would resolve the problems.
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