Bristol news The swimmers championing plans to revitalise Weston's Marine Lake PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The seafront lake is full of sludge now - but it's future is looking bright

Bristol news The swimmers championing plans to revitalise Weston's Marine Lake PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The seafront lake is full of sludge now - but it's future is looking bright

Bristol news  The swimmers championing plans to revitalise Weston's Marine Lake PremierLeague-News.Com
16 May 2021 - 06:16

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! They started as a group of individuals with a love of wild swimming. But now this group of formidable men and women have big plans - to revitalise Weston-super-Mare’s Marine Lake. The Mudlarks, an eight strong band of swimmers, formed last summer after connecting with each other through their love of swimming at the lake and in the Bristol Channel in the group The Supermares. Skip forward a few months and they are now supporting North Somerset Council in its Great Lakes project to revive the Victorian seafront attraction. Weston's Marine Lake was created in the late 1920's to provide an enclosed seawater bathing and boating lake while the tide was out. But over the years it has become filled up with silt due to the failing sluice gates. There is an estimated 35,000 tonnes of silt in the lake and in some places it is several feet deep. At low tide this makes it impossible to use it for swimming, apart from by the area along the walkway. Work started last month to start flushing out the sludge with the lake being emptied and diggers being moved in to remove the silt. It is hoped to use the natural powers of the Bristol Channel and its high tides to naturally wash out the build up. The lake will go back into operation for the summer season before dredging work begins again during the autumn and winter. The Mudlarks has now set up as a community interest company (CIC) and plans to work alongside the council on its plans. Eventually The Mudlarks hope to take over maintenance of the lake and restore it to the glory of its Victorian heyday. The group will work in a similar way to the Marine Lake Enthusiasts (MARLENS) in Clevedon, set up to oversee the maintenance and management of its seafront lake. The Mudlarks, a swimming group based at the currently drained Marine Lake in Weston Josh Harris, left, and Mark Bradshaw (Image: BristolLive) The Mudlarks will fundraise and apply for grants for improvements and have an exciting vision for the attraction, such as installing showers, changing rooms and a freshwater tap. “To be fair the lake has a bit of a reputation for being a bit of a mud pit,” said Mudlark Helen Jones.

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. “Our vision is to see a safe enclosed beach with year round swimming and use for all.” Once the lake is cleared of silt - and the faulty sluice gates either replaced or repaired - the plan is to clean it three times a year. Members of the Weston-super-Mare Mudlarks taking a dip at Marine Lake (Image: Weston Mudlarks) “This will involve draining the lake and then doing a litter pick and then getting the funds to bring in a digger to clear the silt,” said Helen. The group also has exciting plans for the future including paddleboarding at the lake and events such as a food themed festival. There are also plans for a special celebration in 2028 when the lake marks its 100th birthday. “The lake is a lovely feature in Weston-super-Mare and as a group we all love swimming and all love the town. “It is also part of Weston’s heritage and it’s important we protect that. “We see this as a real opportunity to help drive forward improvements at the lake and protect its future for generations to come.” Earlier this year the council announced plans to invest £300,000 in Marine Lake as part of its 'Great Lakes' project. North Somerset Council executive member for leisure and tourism Councillor Mike Solomon said: "Marine Lake was created in the 1920's to ensure that swimming was available throughout the day and not just when the tide is in. “Over the years the lake has become silted up and is now almost impossible to swim in. "We want to change that in the 2020's and give residents and visitors somewhere to swim outdoors – somewhere for serious swimmers and families alike. "We hope that flushing out the bulk of the silt naturally, and at minimal cost, means that the amount we’ll need to remove mechanically may be considerably reduced. "More of the restoration budget could then be spent on refurbishing and enhancing Marine Lake’s facilities to create a real hub for outdoor swimming and other leisure uses."

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