Lib Dems want lake dredged to help wildlife

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

AN on­line pe­ti­tion has been launched urg­ing North Som­er­set Coun­cil to dredge Por­tishead’s Lake Grounds.

The Lib­eral Demo­crat group in the district, which launched the pe­ti­tion, has said the amount of mud is “un­ac­cept­able” and it is “con­cerned about its ef­fect on the lo­cal wildlife”.

It comes af­ter wa­ter lev­els ran low this sum­mer due to the pro­longed spell of hot weather.

Ducks and swans were left pad­dling in sludge af­ter both the smaller and shal­lower parts of the lake ran dry. Lev­els in the main lake were also much lower than nor­mal. Wa­ter lev­els have now im­proved fol­low­ing the re­cent heavy rain.

But North Som­er­set Coun­cil is be­ing urged to take ac­tion to dredge the lake.

The pe­ti­tion, which is avail­able on the North Som­er­set Lib­eral Democrats’ web­site, has more than 50 sig­na­tures so far.

Coun­cil­lor Sue Ma­son, a Por­tishead town coun­cil­lor, says she has made nu­mer­ous re­quests to North Som­er­set Coun­cil for the lake be cleaned.

But the coun­cil, which owns and man­ages the beauty spot, says it has no plans to dredge the lake be­cause it would cost £150,000.

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