Update January 2018
Members of the flood group met with Gallagher Estates in January 2018 to discuss the working of the balancing ponds. A useful document was shared with the group.
Update – May 2016
On May 18th, David Calvert visited the balancing ponds on behalf of Longstanton Flood Action Group. David was given a tour by the site supervisor, Phil Hardy, who was most helpful.
The project is planned to last 28 weeks in total. The north pond is currently being excavated; when finished it will be “operational” while the smaller south pond (just over ¼ the size of the north pond) is being excavated.The photos below were taken from a number of points on an anti-clockwise tour of the north pond construction.
Looking north, the original ditch has been blocked to allow work on the north pond area (in the distance).
Looking west towards the B1050. The north pond should hold up to ¼ million cubic metres.
The view from the same point as above looking north (from the south-east corner of the north pond).
Update – January 2016
Revised plans for the Attenuation Ponds were received at the Parish Office in January 2016. Due to the type of application received, no comments can be made to SCDC. Full details of the plans can be found on the South Cambs Website
To summarise, the amendments are as follows:
- Shape of southern pond has changed to allow access to overhead powerline – no impact on the capacity of the pond
- Provision of an artificial Kingfisher nesting bank as requested by SCDC ecologist
- Addition of inset Hibernacular