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Stagnant water, rubbish in water, green algae, branches, sludge in lake at Victoria Park-hazard for wildlife and people

Reported via desktop in the Park safety issue category anonymously at 12:57, Monday 18 July 2022

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 3684475.

The lake at Victoria Park has been in a terrible state for about 10years. I go there most days and am very concerned for the wildlife-we did have duckings, moorhen chicks this year but there is only one moorhen left. The ducks are swimming in green water and sludge, with plastic bottles and bags debris such as big branches -these could easily be cleared.There is a huge area on the lake that is completely gone to a swamp like state-unswimable for ducks. I remember years ago when we had swans on the lake-they have understandably left. I know there has been problems with the water up in the Botanical gardens but this has really gone long enough and I am thinking of taking some action. When I go up there with my daughter we are more shocked every day at the awful state of it and feel it such a danger to the wildlife. I don't know what all the tourists who come to Bath think-Bath is supposed to be a beautiful city-it is but not this area. Something needs to be done and quickly before all the ducks start dying-there are some breeds there that can't fly so have no option but to stay swimming in the sludge.Please act now.

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  • We've looked into this report and are investigating the issue. We will update this report once we decide what action to take.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 14:52, Monday 18 July 2022

  • We’re looking at options for removing the silt and connecting a seasonal water supply to help improve the water quality. We’re aware of the problem and trying to find the best solutions, but because of the volumes of silt involved (approx 900 m3), it’s a big, and expensive job and we’re trying to find the best way to do it. Also - Botanics - there is a moorhen family there with chicks so clearing the weed has been postponed until the chicks have fledged.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 16:15, Monday 18 July 2022

  • All fish dead in fish pond Victoria Park.

    Posted anonymously at 12:33, Thursday 21 July 2022

  • Today's photos of the awful state of the Victoria Park lake-appalling.

    Posted anonymously at 18:58, Wednesday 27 July 2022

  • The ball puzzle maze game in the Victoria Childrens Playground Castle has been broken.

    There are 4 spiny wheels on the outside that are supposed to control the orientation of the table. i can hear the rods spin but without moving that table. This makes the game unplayable, and thus less fun. Is there somebody who knows how to repair it?

    Posted by James McGuigan at 03:48, Saturday 10 September 2022

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