Work Finishes On Old Pond Fountain
(13th January 2004)
Work has now finished on the refurbishment of the Old Pond Fountain in Cheshunt. As public consultation identified support for the refurbishment of the fountain rather than the replacement of it the Council focused on improvements to enhance the water quality and visual impact of the feature. This has been achieved through lighting and water control, as well as repairs to the fabric.
Councillor Brian Hill, Chairman of Broxbourne Council's environmental services committee, commented:
"I am extremely pleased with the overall effect of the works as the visual impact of the fountain has improved, especially at night. This refurbishment will enable the well loved structure to remain an important landmark and focal point."
The refurbishment and refreshment work, which cost approximately £50,000, has helped to create a more attractive environment for shoppers and visitors to the town centre. It is part of a wide range environmental works that the Council has undertaken to help maintain and improve the quality of life for residents in the borough.
The Old Pond Fountain was contructed in the late 1960s. The opportunity to build the landmark arose when the road pattern was changed by installing a roundabout in place of an existing t-junction. The fountain was designed by B.N. Binding who went on to become the engineer and surveyor of Cheshunt urban District Council. Mr Binding was still in this position in 1974 when the amalgamation was made to form Broxbourne Borough Council.
The Old Pond Fountain derives its name from the nearby pond on the grange estate - which legend has it was used in medieval times to duck suspected witches.
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