Progress on plan for Cleadon Pond

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PLANS are afoot to restore historic Cleadon Pond to its rightful position at the heart of the village.

The pond is a remnant of an ice age lake and dates back to Roman times but in recent years, it has fallen into a state of disrepair.

The Cleadon in Bloom group recently staged a two-day consultation over its future in the village community rooms.

And suggestions put forward by villagers will now be incorporated into the plan.

Now the aim is to apply to Biffa, Sita and other landfill companies for funding to carry out the improvements, which will include a new terrace and seating, Yorkstone paving, railings, a pond clearance and planting.

It’s an ambitious plan which has the support of Margaret Meling, Labour candidate in Thursday’s Cleadon and East Boldon by-election, who paid a fact-finding visit to the pond.

She said: “The plan is two years old but it has been delayed because the group had a lot of legal problems over who actually owns the land.

“Now they’re ready to push on after the consultation process and start looking towards applying for funding.”

The other candidates in the Cleadon and East Boldon by-election are Fiona Milburn (Conservative) and Colin Campbell (UKIP).