Horsham reservoir at risk of flooding in heavy rain

Work needs to be carried out on a reservoir in West Sussex to prevent it from flooding, according to Horsham District Council.

Warnham Mill Pond, near Horsham, was inspected to see if it met with revised safety standards.

Concerns were raised there is a risk of flooding downstream in heavy rain.

A study has identified several solutions and these will displayed at various public exhibitions throughout November and December.

'Flooding risks'

The reservoir is managed by Horsham District Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.

It is hoped, following consultation, construction will begin within 12 months.

Jonathan Chowen, cabinet member for arts, heritage and leisure at Horsham District Council, said: "We recognise the value that Warnham Mill Pond provides to local residents and visitors."

He added it was important that works were undertaken "to ensure that flooding risks are mitigated and that local communities are able to influence the option chosen for the site".

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