Plans to revitalise the River Ver as it flows through St Albans have received “a highly-positive” reaction from residents and community groups.
Around 75 per cent of those who responded to an online survey supported the proposals to improve the rare chalk stream from Verulamium Park to Sopwell Mill Farm.
The feedback received from more than 200 responses will now be analysed by the team which drew up the proposals.
They will study the ideas and suggestions that have been put forward and decide if any changes need to be made to the scheme.
An initial assessment of the replies indicates there is widespread approval for the plan to return the 2.5 kilometre section of the river to its more natural state.
Only 10 per cent of respondents say they have reservations about the scheme while the other 16 per cent were said to be undecided.
The stretch of the Ver due to be enhanced has been adversely affected by alterations to the river’s natural course that were made many decades ago.
The overall environment, including the wildlife and plants, has suffered as a result. One associated problem is the poor water quality of the park’s artificial lakes.
The Environment Agency has been leading the project with St Albans City and District Council which owns the park. They have also been working with other partners.
Councillor Frances Leonard, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “This is an ambitious and very exciting project that has captured the imagination of people across the District.
“The feedback we have received from our engagement with residents and organisations has been highly positive.
“There are some concerns raised by people who may be directly affected by the scheme and we will continue to listen to their views and work with them to find solutions.
“I’m delighted the community is right behind our efforts to work with the Environment Agency and other partners to deal with these issues. This is a complex, long-term scheme and people do have to be aware that it will take some years to complete.”
More information is available on the Council’s website on: www.revitalisingtheriver.co.uk.