Complaints about foul-smelling Solihull lake lead to changes
Work is well underway to tackle problems connected with a foul-smelling Solihull lake.
Details emerged earlier this year of an effort to drain the pool in Chelmsley Wood’s Meriden Park, following complaints about the stench.
Council ecologists had laid the blame on a build-up of silt in the water, which gave rise to the unpleasant odour bothering visitors.
In an attempt to address the issue, it was confirmed that the area of the existing lake, one of the best-known features of the Green Flag park, would be transformed into a new wetland habitat.
The project, which will also involve tree planting and the creation of two ponds, got underway a few weeks ago and is set to be completed by the end of autumn.
Certain areas – such as the footpath across the bridge – have been fenced off while the changes are completed. But the council has confirmed that key facilities, including the adventure playground and playing fields, are unaffected.
Setting out the aims of the project, a council spokesman said: “In recent years there have been problems as silt gatherings have resulted in its stagnation and there have also been complaints from the public.
“Where Kingshurst Brook meets Meriden Park lake, the water slows down and the volume of silt gets bigger each year, with some parts above the water surface. This holds in rubbish and makes the water quality poor.
“In the past the lake has been excavated but this doesn’t completely solve the problem and is costly.”
More recently it was decided to overhaul the landscape as part of the council’s wider Habitat and Nature Improvements Project.
The three-year scheme encompasses an extensive programme of developments, with the Meriden Lake project the single most complicated.
Some residents have welcomed the efforts to end the stench, although others are concerned that contractors have been at work while birds are still nesting.
The council has conceded the timing is difficult, but argue they are having to work in a narrow window – between June and October – to avoid the separate fish spawning season.
“We are working with our project partners at the Environment Agency and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to ensure that any disruption to wildlife is kept to a minimum.
“Any temporary disturbance during the works will be outweighed by the long term benefits.”
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