Lake project gets underway
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 March 2015
CONTRACTORS have begun draining Clevedon’s historic Marine Lake in preparation for months of work which will see it transformed into an impressive visitor attraction.
The sluice gates were opened on Friday to drain the water in preparation for work getting underway on April 10.
Once complete, the 1920s facility will boast a paddling area, a restored promenade, a strengthened sea wall and improved access.
This week, a ranger has been appointed to ensure the lake is run for the benefit of the community and to train volunteer teams during its renovation.
Jo Tasker, whose first day will be April 13, has been chosen by North Somerset Council to ensure visitors to the lake are kept safe and happy.
A council statement said: “The post is part-time for one year as part of the lottery-funded project.
“The role involves working closely with local volunteers, community groups and organisations on a range of activities that improve the Marine Lake for local people and visitors.”
Joe Norman, chairman of voluntary group MARLENS which will take on a lease for the lake from the council once the work is complete, said: “Broadly speaking, our lake ranger will be helping us to deliver our community programme, ensuring that the lake is run for the benefit of the community, including those with disabilities and our schools.”
The lake is expected to be closed from Monday until August 28 although there will be a public viewing area and information boards at each end of the facility so people can keep track of the progress.
MARLENS is looking to raise a further £30,000 toward the renovation and also to enable a programme of water sports to run throughout the year, with the total currently standing at £5,910.
The group is also hoping to have the lake back in time for the second Clevedon Tides Festival which is due to take place across the weekend of September 18-20.
To donate and keep up to date with the lake’s progress, visit www.marlens.org.uk
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