Plea over future of Southwold Boating Lake

David and Penny Ball have taken over Southwold boating lake and have invested in the renovation of t

David and Penny Ball have taken over Southwold boating lake and have invested in the renovation of the lake. - Credit: Nick Butcher

It is a hubbub of wildlife activity and a picturesque destination enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.

Southwold Model Yacht Club Annual Regatta at the Southwold Boating Lake.Picture: James Bass

Southwold Model Yacht Club Annual Regatta at the Southwold Boating Lake.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

But leaseholders of Southwold Boating Lake fear the future of the North Parade attraction hangs in the balance unless a solution is found to its drying lake.

As one of Southwold's most beloved attractions the lake serves an important function in bringing together the community through social events as well as being a wildlife haven.

Since becoming leaseholders in 2012, David and Penny Ball, have invested heavily in the site through the planting of shrubs, landscaping and installing bird hides.

'We get so much praise for these improvements but when people walk to the boating lake tea rooms and just see mud, it takes away the nice quirky appearance,' said Mr Ball, 70.


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Mr Ball fears if the salt marsh, behind the boating lake tea room, is not replenished- then encroaching reeds will take over the land and the area will be lost.

Factors such as the removal of a pipe, which fed water from the North Sea into the lake, during work on Southwold's sea defences 10 years ago have also had a negative impact upon water levels.

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This week will see Mr Ball present a report to Southwold Town Council outlining the causes of the low water levels and hopes he will be able work with councillors to find a solution to the issue.

'I hope that those in a position of power will be able to conserve this area for future generations to enjoy- as you won't get it back, once it's gone it's gone,' he added.

Southwold town mayor, Melanie Tucker, said: 'The town council feels the boating lake is very important for the town and that it has become a popular destination for visitors and residents alike.

'I understand Mr Ball has prepared a report on the water levels and look forward to reading it and working with him to ensure a viable future for the boating lake.'

Do you have a Southwold story? Email simon.ward@archant.co.uk or call 01502 525 832.

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