ANGLERS will soon be able to cast their lines into a new fishing lake at the Gnoll Country Park in Neath.
The Gnoll pond is a favourite with local residents and visitors alike but is not often used for fishing because there are few fish there.
However, it has the potential to be a community fishery once the new pond is stocked with mixed coarse fish.
The Environment Agency has teamed up with Neath Port Talbot Council for the project and are contributing £40,000 towards the £89,000 cost, with the council providing the remainder.
There are plans to completely refurbish the dam wall and construct six angling platforms accessible for everyone. Disabled anglers will be able to use the platforms, as well as a raised walkway on the south side of the pond. There will also be environmental improvements around the lake.
Work has begun and will be finished by next April.
There will be minimal disruption for visitors but some areas will be cordoned off for health and safety reasons.
The pond was originally constructed in the early 1700s to provide water for works run by the Mackworth family.
It has been used as a public swimming pool.
Once completed, the fishing lake will be managed by Skewen Angling Club.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Derek Vaughan, said: “This work will provide even better facilities for everyone and we are delighted the Environment Agency are joining us to develop the pond and the new fishing resource.
“This work is in addition to improvements at the visitor centre, the golf course and next year on the cascades.”