New hopes of solving weed problem in Blackpool’s Stanley Park Lake ponds

Last year a bid in partnership with the Wyre Rivers Trust for up to £1m from the Innovative Flood Resilience Fund fell through.

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Stanley Park Lake funding bid fails but still hoping for alternative solutions

But a long-term solution to the problem, which limits the use of the lake for water sports, is still under consideration.

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Stock photo of pond weeds on Stanley Park lake

Lisa Arnold, head of community and wellbeing services at Blackpool Council, told a meeting of the Tourism, Economy and Communities Review Committee that a task force had been set up to explore the complexities of managing the clay base of the lake.

She added, “There’s a lot of thought before you start flirting.”

But she said she believed the council would be able to find funding for the project, and Natural England was involved in the work.

A report to the committee said that while patronage for lake activities, including kayaking and canoeing, had been strong over the past year “the number of lake activities is currently limited due to the large presence of potamot”.

He adds: “If the plan to dredge the lake is successful, it will provide an opportunity to increase the water sports available to include activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, windsurfing and open water swimming.”

Councilor Adrian Hutton said: “It’s something we need to keep under review.

“I think sailing, canoeing etc. is something a lot of young people miss out on because we don’t have the facilities.”

The lake suffered from layers of pond weeds for about four years and at times looked like a green carpet covering the surface of the water.

Last year, the concessionaire Hagop Tchobanian called on a specialized operator to do weeding in order to allow pleasure boats to be used during the summer.

Dredging the lake would make it deeper and reduce exposure of pond algae and weeds to sunlight, thus controlling its natural spread.

The simple act of cutting pond grass each year can cause it to grow back even more vigorously the following year, and it is also an expensive and labor-intensive process.

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