North Somerset Council are investing in restoring North Somerset's 'Great Lakes', with £700,000 reallocated in the 21/22 Council Budget to improve the Marine Lakes and Lakegrounds in Weston, Clevedon and Portishead.
The proposals have been led by Lib Dem Executive Member for Finance, Cllr Ashley Cartman, after extensive talks with Cllr Sue Mason of Portishead's 'Clean Our Lake' campaign, and Clevedon Councillors Caroline Cherry and Geoff Richardson.
Papers for this week’s executive meeting say initial proposals are currently being scoped and costed. An engagement process will ensure that details are shared with residents before decisions are made.
“This is not just about Weston. In Portishead, the Lake Grounds have been neglected for years. We will work in conjunction with Portishead Town Council to draw up a long term plan and investment strategy for rejuvenation.
“Clevedon Marine Lake is incredibly popular and we want to make sure it can accommodate all those who want to use it. For example, we may need to look at providing extra facilities for changing.”
Cllr Cartman added: "In Portishead, the Lake Grounds have been neglected for years. We will work in conjunction with Portishead Town Council to draw up a long term plan and investment strategy for rejuvenation."
Over 300 people in Portishead have signed the Clean Our Lake Petition
spearheaded by Portishead West Councillor Sue Mason.
Cllr Sue Mason said: "We see it as unacceptable that there is often more mud than water in the lake and demand that it is dredged, for the benefit of the people and the wildlife of Portishead. The previous Conservative Administration wouldn't do it while they were in charge, hopefully, this new administration will!"
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