Council questioned over “stinking” Roath Park Lake

October 21, 2010 3 Comments »
Council questioned over “stinking” Roath Park Lake

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At tonight’s meeting of Cardiff Council they were questioned by a retired university professor about the state of Roath Park Lake.

Professor David Hanley took Councillor Nigel Howells to task over the “dirty condition” of the water.

66-year-old Dr Hanley, who lives on Beatty Avenue, Roath, opposite the Lake, asked a public question at the meeting.

He said: “Surely there must be some way to chemically remove whatever is causing this smell. I know you’ve been draining the Lake but it doesn’t seem to be making any difference.”

Coun Nigel Howells, who is responsible for sport, leisure and culture, said: “We have spent approximately £1.6 million over the last six years, including £355,000 which has been spent on de-silting works.

“Roath Park Lake is one of the jewels in the crown of Cardiff and attracts some 2 million visitors a year.”

Speaking after the meeting Dr Hanley was pleased with the response from the Council.

He said: “I hope they take this seriously and get the Lake cleaned up. The smell just seems to be getting worse. We have to keep the windows shut in the summer as it just wafts over. We like to walk around the Lake everyday but it’s becoming unbearable.”

The Lake was recently drained to allow for cleansing work with the waters drained from the 9th October and normal water levels being restored on 16th October.

Do you live in the area? Do you suffer from the Roath Park Lake “smell”? Let us know your views in the comments below

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  1. graham Williams January 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    The main reason why Roath Park Lake "Stinks"is because It was originally a "Malarial Bog" birds of all descriptions
    Flying in every day.And they,like us,need to "Spend a Penny"every day too.
    As for the Botanic Gardens,they are kept to a high standard by the many excellent Gardening staff.
    The Conservatory too is an excellent place to visit.
    Just one question if there are any Senior Council members who visit these sites watching[?]
    How is it there are always two or more staff in attendance in these Parks.
    Two members in the Conservatory,Tthree Park Rangers in Attendance in the Park itself.
    But visit a Park Like Pontcanna Fields,Trelai Park on any given weekend,where many Football Matches are being played,and there is Only ONE Games Attendant in each park.
    Several Years ago there would be up to 16 games of football in Trelai being plyed on Each weekend day.And up to 21 Games at Pontcanna on Saturdays and 18 games on a sunday morning.
    Again,With only one Attendant working in these Parks.
    Where's the logic in that?
    And how about "Health & Safety?" The Attendant's "Health & Safety"That is?

  2. Phil October 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    If the council added the right amount of sterile grass carp this would stop the excess weed problem

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