Clear-up closes lakes to anglers
FISHING is set to be temporarily suspended in Eastville Park and St George Park.
Anglers are being asked to respect the temporary closure of the two lakes, which will coincide with the nationally recognised "closed season" from March 19 to June 15, so a clear-up can take place.
The temporary suspension will enable council staff to clear away discarded rubbish, debris and abandoned fishing lines in and around the lakes.
The council says the build-up of discarded waste is known to cause harm and suffering to wildlife, particularly to young waterfowl born in the springtime.
Parks manager Jamie Roberts said: "There have been a number of incidents where swans and their cygnets, ducklings and other wildlife have been tangled up in fishing lines or have eaten discarded fishing-related items.
"And as a result, these beautiful creatures have become injured and distressed, and in some cases endured hours of suffering and died.
"Temporarily closing the lakes at this time and carrying out a thorough clean up is the just the first step.
"Work is already under way, but it will take some time to really clean up, so we ask anglers to respect the closure."
To support the temporary closure, patrols of the lakes will be carried out.