Call to fix foun­tain and ease al­gae fears

The Galloway News - - NEWS - STEPHEN NOR­RIS

A foun­tain de­ployed to help tackle toxic al­gae in Car­ling­wark Loch is still out of com­mis­sion – a year af­ter break­ing down.

The coun­cil in­stalled the aer­at­ing foun­tain in 2009 to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity and clar­ity.

But it failed last sum­mer – spark­ing com­plaints that smelly green scum was pol­lut­ing the Cas­tle Dou­glas beauty spot.

Now Cas­tle Dou­glas Com­mu­nity Coun­cil fears the al­gae will re­turn just as the school hol­i­day sea­son gets un­der­way. Chair­man Alis­tair Clark said: “The al­gae can build up quite quickly.

“We don’t want that to hap­pen for public health and an­i­mal health rea­sons.

“It’s a big con­cern when peo­ple are us­ing the loch for ca­noe­ing and fish­ing.

“The al­gae stinks quite a bit when it dies.”

The al­gae, known as cyanobac­te­ria, can cause se­vere ill­ness in hu­mans and is potentiall­y fa­tal to pets and live­stock.

Oxy­genat­ing the wa­ter can help pre­vent its build-up.

Mr Clark also said the foun­tain was also a draw for vis­i­tors.

“It would be nice to get the foun­tain up and run­ning again,” he told the News.

“We have been in touch with the coun­cil but they say it’s knack­ered.

“They said it was not re­pairable – why that was, they did not go into.

“They never said what the cost of a new one would be.”

He added: “It’s very un­for­tu­nate be­cause it did seem to make a dif­fer­ence.

“It was also an at­trac­tive fea­ture in the loch and re­ally caught peo­ple’s eye when it was switched on.”

The coun­cil’s econ­omy, en­vi­ron­ment and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee is re­spon­si­ble for the foun­tain’s up­keep.

Cas­tle Dou­glas and Crock­et­ford coun­cil­lor John Young, a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, pledged to in­ves­ti­gate.

He said: “I am dis­ap­pointed no action has been taken.

“I will fol­low this up see if the foun­tain can be fixed.

“I be­lieve they were wait­ing for a part for it.

“This length of de­lay is just not good enough.”

Toxic problems Clark fears al­gae will re­turn

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