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Pells Pond destruction

On 7 May 2015 at 6:48pm Who gives a duck? wrote:
Would love o know whose bright idea it was to chop down all the trees on the island in Pells Pond today????? Surely all the ducks there will now be nesting?
Also, whose bright idea is it to not unblock the filter at the Willeys Bridge end of the pond - its been overflowing and flooding all winter and now it like a soup of green slime???
Perhaps one of the current/potential District or Town Councillors would like to comment on this? Is this what the "Special Expenses" park tax goes on??????
On 7 May 2015 at 6:52pm Merlin Milner wrote:
Nothing to do with District or special expenses. Town council, I will find out.......if I get re-elected.
On 7 May 2015 at 6:59pm Who gives a duck? wrote:
Thanks Merlin
On 7 May 2015 at 7:04pm mavis wrote:
We need a degree in what council does what, if anything, 3 councils must be a waste of money ! I've voted accordingly. Then we always have an MP and a MEP to ask too, just in case the others can't come up with a answer.
On 8 May 2015 at 8:34am quack.. wrote:
It's not a filter, it's an overflow. The lifting of the trees is to help airflow across the pond which will reduce the green slime as well as giving many other ecological benefits to the pond and the islands.
And no, there were no nesting ducks.
Also absolutely nothing to do with Special expenses which go to District council, the Pells is Town Council responsibility.
On 8 May 2015 at 10:04am Merlin Milner wrote:
An update.
Tree works are being carried out at a number of sites owned by the Town Council, as a result of an independent specialist survey earlier in the year. The work is being done by a highly-experienced local arboricultural contractor – who is well-aware of the various impacts upon wildlife. The Council also had a specialist survey of habitat and water quality in the Pells conducted last year, and as a result a number of improvements are being made. The aquatic consultants are actually working on-site at the moment. There is no “filter” for the lake – the visible boards at the Willey’s Bridge end of the lake are gauge boards – which are slotted one above the other and can be used to regulate water level. The apparent “pea soup” is naturally-occurring algae which waxes and wanes with weather and water conditions. The primary cause of the current bloom is the amount of decomposing vegetation in the water; another reason for the cutting back of some overhanging trees and vegetation.

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