Lib Dems want lake dredged to help wildlife
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.