Part of an historic Worthing waterway is to be restored – thanks to Government funding worth £500,000.
About a kilometre of the Teville Stream is being redirected north-east of the old Decoy Farm landfill site at East Worthing.
The Environment Agency (EA) scheme will bring new life to this section of a waterway which helps drain a 16 square-mile area of Worthing and Lancing, and the rural land in between.
EA project manager Malcolm Ward told the Herald: “This is a good opportunity for Worthing to get some benefit from central Government funding to improve the ecology of our water courses.”
The length of Teville Stream to be restored is at present on private land. But, said Mr Ward, the EA hoped that in future, people would be able to use the area as a public amenity.
O ne of the project’s features will be large reed bed, which will filter polluted water draining into the stream.
Much of this water runs off roads in the Worthing urban area, and the reed bed will help cleanse this run-off before it ends up in places like Brooklands Lake.
The EA’s main “driver” in this project is to deliver on the Water Framework Directive objectives for achieving good ecological potential.
This diversion of the Teville Stream is expected to enhance the morphology and water quality of the watercourse.
An EA report on the project says: “Significant areas of reptile, amphibian and nesting bird habitat will be created, including the restored stream itself.”
While the main project work is expected to start next spring, early stages have already been completed with spraying treatment to kill more than 20 stands of giant hogweed – an ultra-invasive plant which can choke watercourses and affect humans by causing a form of dermatitis if its sap touches the skin.
A large area of the project site is “dominated” by the hogweed, and ground treatment will have to be continued for three years after the restoration work is finished.
Anyone wishing more information about the project can contact the EA on 03708 506506, or email firstname.lastname@example.org