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Investment agreed to improve water quality at Conningbrook Lakes Country Park - 16th Feb

Investment agreed to improve water quality at Conningbrook Lakes Country Park - 16th Feb

A range of measures to improve the quality of the water at Conningbrook Lakes Country Park have been approved by Cabinet members last week (Thursday 9th February). The investment of up to £150,000 will ensure the ongoing establishment of the lake as a key water facility for the borough for the enjoyment of the many clubs who regularly use it.

The lakes within the country park have proven especially popular with a range of activities regularly taking place on the main lake, including triathlons, sailing, rowing and kayaking.

The Council commissioned Laguna Science to provide expert advice and recommendations on how to best manage the maintenance of the main lake to restrict the development of blue-green algae and invasive aquatic weed, which are both naturally occurring phenomenon.

The measures include applying blue dye and a chalk dressing, the introduction of new aquatic plants, weed cutting and harrowing and installation of an aeration system. They can be introduced in a phased approach which will allow the maintenance team time to evaluate the impact of each element and develop the most appropriate maintenance regime over time.

Cllr Jessamy Blanford, portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, said: “To ensure that current future demand on the lake is met, it is important the Council uses the most appropriate and cost effective measures to ensure the lake is available for use on a consistent basis. Advice from the consultants shows that these measures used in unison will provide the best opportunity to tackle the challenges the lake faces.  

“It was disappointing that last summer we had to cancel several events at Conningbrook Lakes because of the problems described in this report. It is essential for the Council to take steps to resolve these problems to enable the various water-based sports to take place, such as sailing and kayaking, so that residents of all ages can learn new skills and have an enjoyable time with new sports in the countryside.”

The investment will be met by the Council initially and then drawn from section 106 payments due from the housing development attached to the country park.

The lake is open for organised water sports activities only. Although the park is fully open to members of the public they are reminded to obey the signage to not go in the water and particularly to keep dogs on leads and not let them go in the water at any time.

For further details on the country park visit www.ashford.gov.uk/conningbrook-lakes

Media release 0041/17
10/02/17
For further information, please contact our Press Office on 01233 330647 or email dean.spurrell@ashford.gov.uk

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