Trees have now been removed from around the Mill Pond to allow building work to begin on Monday 21 April 2014.
The work is due to take 18 months and will include:
Clay to construct the new dam will come from the bed of the northern pond. This will be replaced with some of the excavated silt, which will also be used to form a new island in the Mill Pond and extend the western bank of the southern pond.
The remaining silt will be taken off site to improve agricultural land.
Work will be completed in three stages. Construction starts at the dam and the northern pond, in Ifield. Work then moves on to the southern pond, in Bewbush and Gossops Green, before the final stage at Bewbush Water Gardens.
Some access to the Mill Pond will be restricted during this time.
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The dam at the Mill Pond is in a bad state of repair and councillors have agreed to upgrade it.
In 2011 more than 500 residents responded to a consultation on the future of the Mill Pond and 89.1 per cent wanted the dam repaired, to maintain the natural area and wildlife and to retain the volume of the water to ensure the workings of the restored Ifield Water Mill.
The dam upgrade and removal of silt will cost around £7.5m.
The Council has worked closely with the Environment Agency to ensure that the final scheme meets with its approval.
It has been necessary to fell trees close to the existing dam but once work is finished and environmental improvements become established the Mill Pond, including the Bewbush Water Gardens, will look very similar to how it did before the work.
The uses at the Mill Pond, including angling and water for Ifield Mill, will also remain.
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