Pond life relief


Work starts on £680K Browns Road flood alleviation using Fishponds

Thames Water is taking an innovative, sustainable approach on a £680,000 project in Surbiton to stop storm water backing up in residents' drains and flooding their homes.

As well as increasing capacity in the sewers under Brown's Road so they can cope with increased flows following heavy rain, ponds at Fishponds Open Space will serve as additional storm water storage.

Using existing ponds as rainwater overflows is not only a more sustainable approach, it will also reduce the need for street works, minimising disruption on the local community.

During the project, which was agreed with the Royal Borough of Kingston Council, fish will be temporarily removed from the ponds while de-silting work is carried out.


The terrapins are great and should be preserved, native or not. I was talking to a guy in the British Legion a few years ago and he admitted to releasing terrapins into the large pond in Fishponds after his terrapin tank broke. Probably not a wise idea but what a great addition to the wildlife of the Fishponds.

Will they also be temporarily removing the terrapins too? They are one of the great features of the ponds and it is always fun to see them basking on a log in the sun during the summer. I imagine the colony was started by someone releasing them as pets into the ponds?

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