Chasewater model boating lake to be filled in after duck poo causes build up of silt

Problems caused by duck poo will see the model boating lake at Chasewater filled in.

The model boating lake at Chasewater. Pic: P Chadwick

The model boating lake at Chasewater. Pic: P L Chadwick and
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It will be removed as part of a series of improvement works by Staffordshire County Council.

Cllr Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities and the environment, said a number of issues had led to the decision being taken following a £15,000 project to drain and dig silt out of the lake last year.

“This work is a step towards taking something that could no longer be used and turning it into an asset for everyone,” Cllr Heath said. “When we took over Chasewater Country Park in 2014 we found there were several problems with the model boating pool.

“Firstly, the valve which released water from the pool into Chasewater Reservoir was broken. Secondly, ducks had taken up residence there after being regularly fed by passers-by and the ducks’ droppings were silting up the lake.

“Thirdly, Chasewater Reservoir is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its aquatic plants and Natural England will not allow discharges of the silt into the reservoir in case it damaged the plants.”

The work is expected take around two weeks.

Cllr Heath added: “The first stage of this work will be to fill it in.

“We are looking at various options after that, including creating a fitness trail and I’d also like to thank county councillors Sue Woodward and Jeff Sheriff for contributing towards this project from their local communities fund.”

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