Scheme to improve Smethwick park

Published on 24th September 2013

A £35,000 scheme to improve fishing facilities and to help local wildlife is under way at a Smethwick park.

Working in partnership with Sandwell Council, the Environment Agency is carrying out enhancement works in West Smethwick Park to increase access to fishing and improve local wildlife.

The works involve reinstating a stream that was previously covered over and installing fishing platforms, with disabled access, around the lake.

The stream feeds into the lake via a pond and over the years the pond has filled up with silt.

Last week, works started to uncover the stream and remove the silt from the pond. This stage of works is expected to take around three weeks to complete.

Fish have been rescued from the pond and put into the lake and when all the silt has been removed from the pond new fish will be added.

Councillor Maria Crompton, cabinet member for highways and environment, said: "This is an excellent scheme for the local community which will improve the park.

"It will provide better facilities for local fishermen and provide disabled access to the area around the lake. "

Installation of the new fishing platforms is expected to take place during October.

William Groves from the Environment Agency said: "The enhancement works will create a valuable feature for wildlife in West Smethwick Park and by installing fishing platforms around the lake will provide better fishing opportunities for local people."

The total cost of the works is around £35,000, which is being funded by Sandwell Council and the Environment Agency.