Issued: 5 October 2009
Keptie Pond's Future To Be Debated
Angus Council's Neighbourhood Services committee will consider options for the future management of Arbroath's Keptie Pond, when they meet on 8 October.
A programme to stabilise the edges of the pond began in 1994 and was completed in 1998. Boating was discontinued in 2000 due to cost and other factors.
In 2005, following issues over bank erosion and fluctuating water supplies, the council decided to promote the pond's biodiversity and encourage wildlife.
There are ongoing issues of pond weed growth and water levels at Keptie Pond.
Jim Millar, convener of Neighbourhood Services, said: "The Keptie Pond is a well-loved feature of Arbroath and we want to keep it as an attraction for local people and visitors alike,
"We will consider a number of options, including: retaining the pond at a biodiversity feature and manually removing pond weed; aeration and circulation of the water to keep down the pond growth; topping up the water by means of mains supply or a borehole and determining whether a private sector operator is interested in restoring boats to the pond.
"As a committee, we will discuss all the suggestions before deciding on the best option for the pond."