Cae Ddol park renovation delayed by Ruthin floods

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Work to renovate Cae Ddol has been delayed until the summer at the earliest

Long-awaited plans to renovate a Denbighshire park have been delayed by flooding.

Contractors' attempts to empty the river-fed pond at Cae Ddol, Ruthin, have been thwarted by rain and rising water levels this winter.

The River Clwyd, which was has been on a flood alert recently, burst its banks over the weekend refilling the pond.

Now, the £110,000 work to revitalise the park and pond before spring has been put back until the summer.

A Denbighshire council spokesperson said: "Despite efforts to release some of the water in late 2010, the water level in the pond did not drop sufficiently.

"Contractors had planned to use a large pump to help extract the water, but this approach was not possible due to recent flooding."

Workers need to empty the water to allow them to remove years of silt, ane re-line the pond bed to avoid it drying out every summer, becoming an eyesore and causing smells.

The delay means the planned five-week restoration project would extend into the bird nesting season, especially for resident swans known to nest early.

The council spokesperson said the authority had a duty under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 not to cause any disturbance during the nesting season.

So the authority will review the situation in the summer to see when work can be rescheduled.

The redevelopment was due to be carried out following an outcry when a paddling pool was filled in without consultation in 2009.

Other plans already agreed include the planting of 1,000 trees and shrubs and the creation of a dipping platform.

There are also expected to be wooden sculptures, seats and interpretation boards.

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