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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More floods in the Park

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Some work has continued on Coronation walk after police stopped the work as they didn't have the correct licence. The pipe for the waterfall is half in from the lake to the bridge is in and covered the pipe is in the other side but not yet covered the weather hasn't help.

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To fit the pump means draining the little pool which they tried to do last week then the floods came and filled it you cant even see the wall.

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The lake is the highest its ever been never seen the boating jetty covered in water in the last 10 years

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Water is flowing in at a terrific rate the problem is the sluice gate to empty the lake cant be opened as the controls got buried under the path when the new paths were put in. I cant believe in  this day and age with geo fiz etc the cant find the controls

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Its been reported over the last few weeks the dangerous state of some trees on the perimeter of the park I counted at least 22 dead branch's that could cause serious injury if they fall  this week a tree fell but luck it fell into the park so no one was hurt on the public path

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Police called stop wildlife crime in the park

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The lake is once again flooding due to blocked sluice gate and heavy rain

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Work on Coronation walk has got under way with a 1/4 of the park blocked off for the work the path was the first thing to go  and then a trench dug to take the pipe for the waterfall from the lake to the top of the fall

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The trench is deep and goes a long way the council have not carried out the work to its own standards as left exposed wildlife can fall in and not get out.

The council own procedure have not been followed which are

Excavated trenches should be covered if left overnight or an escape ladder should be installed to prevent entrapment of  local wildlife;

• Piles of spoil should be stored on pallets off the ground or should be covered if left overnight and these should be stored away from the area

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The Police attended the park on Wednesday to stop work as the council require a licence from Natural England that they failed to obtain which means its once again they committed a criminal wildlife crime. They carried out a survey which they claimed was done in September but was in fact done last May. Such a survey is a snapshot in time and useless a year later as anything could have happened in the mean time. They were advised by the wildlife group that they need a licence from Natural England after last year were they nearly killed wildlife in the park  but ignored the advice. As for a lot of wildlife its now breeding season extra precautions need to be taken to protect wildlife Natural England wanted the Police called as its an offence not to have a license from them. Given the problems last year why they didn't get a license seems stupid a quick call the them could have clarified the situations and the law could have been obeyed.  

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A robin enjoying the sun

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Squirrel out for dinner

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