WORK is now underway to clear tons of sediment from Elgin’s Cooper Park boating pond.
The pond was drained earlier this summer to allow a retaining wall and embankment to be built as part of the town’s £86 million flood alleviation scheme.
Heavy machinery was moved in today (Thursday) to clear the pond to an average depth of around six inches before it is refilled towards the end of this month or early September.
A spokesperson for the council said the work is scheduled to take several days.
Material removed from the Cooper Park attraction will be stockpiled and reused elsewhere in the flood alleviation scheme.
Elgin City North Councillor Barry Jarvis welcomed the move.
"The sight of the drained pond and the muck and weeds littering an area that is the home of so many cherished memories has been a cause for concern and anger among many for months. These ongoing works are vital to the overall flood scheme and hopefully once they are finished the pond can be fully returned to its former glory," he said.
"I am just hopeful that between now and then that there is not a substantial build-up of litter as a result of visitors to the park failing to clear up after themselves."