£30,000 being spent to stop park flooding
Tens of thousands of pounds is to be spent on improving drainage at Portishead Lake Grounds – in a bid to stop it flooding in the future.
North Somerset Council is to spend £30,000 on the beauty spot following complaints about it flooding during the winter. Problems have occurred in the past when heavy rainfall meant the lake became full and water started to spill over onto the surrounding pathway.
Work has also been carried out in recent years while water levels were low to clean out the lake. Scores of empty bottles of alcohol, cans, a bike frame, shopping trolleys and road signs were among the rubbish pulled from the water.
News that funding has been earmarked to improve the drainage of the lake has been welcomed by local councillors.
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David Pasley, who represent the Lake Grounds, said: "It is good news this money has been made available as it will make the area safer for everyone. However I would like to see more money allocated to improve the level of maintenance of the Lake Grounds overall."
The council is also now currently discussing the possibility of dredging the lake following a plea from Portishead Yacht and Sailing Club.
The club has been using the lake at the Lake Grounds for more than 20 years to train its cadets. But club leaders now say it is becoming increasingly difficult to use the lake because it is silted up.