SLOUGH'S mayor Cllr Avtar Kaur Cheema has braved the bad weather to turn the first chunk of earth as work progresses on releasing the hidden stream at Salt Hill Park.

The work near the railway tunnel at Salt Hill will take another eight weeks and will involve the creation of a new foot bridge, while digging down to release the stream which is currently encased in pipes.

A shallow wetland will be created to attract wildlife and enhance the area. The project is being carried out in association with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Environment Agency, and Thames Water. There will be an official opening in the spring and the Mayor will be back to see the finished result.

She said: “It’s a pleasure to be here to open this next section of the stream here at Salt Hill. Releasing the stream will improve this section of the park, and I am looking forward to coming back to see how it has changed in the spring.”

Gerald Pleace, parks and open space manager, said: “It will be great to have more of the stream back, and make it accessible for wildlife and people alike. We are so lucky to have this natural feature in Salt Hill Park and I look forward to another section of it being enjoyed by all.”