Contrary to initial media reports, a digger working on the regeneration of Worth…

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Contrary to initial media reports, a digger working on the regeneration of Worthing’s Brooklands Lake is not sinking; there has been a minor mechanical fault and our contractors Five Rivers are working hard to get the issue sorted.

Full statement is on our Brooklands Park page.


Some of you may have seen initial media reports claiming that a digger is sinking at Brooklands. To be clear, this is not the case.

There has however been a minor mechanical fault on one of the diggers being used by Five Rivers who are carrying out improvement works on Brooklands Lake on behalf of Worthing Borough Council.

While an excavator was moving, a hydraulic hose has blown leading to the leak of a small amount of biodegradable oil.

Such instances are not uncommon on projects like this – it just happens on this occasion, it was captured on a long lens camera.

Five Rivers are working hard to get the issue fixed.

All plant machinery at Brooklands Lake operates on biodegradable hydraulic oil, as is environmental best practice. This, combined with the deployment of absorbent spill kits, means there has been minimal environmental damage as a result.

This afternoon teams from Five Rivers have surrounded the excavator with an earth bund to contain it while they wait for mechanics to arrive on site.

We’re confident that this minor hiccup will not detract from the longer-term project of restoring the much-loved Brooklands Lake for future generations.

(The picture below shows an excavator in action; not the one that has a slight fault)


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