Call for council action on Roath Park Lake amid signs algal bloom may be returning for third year in a row


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Liberal Democrats in Cardiff are demanding Cardiff Council draws up an action plan for Roath Park Lake amid signs that an algal bloom may be returning there for the third summer in a row.

Rodney Berman, Welsh Liberal Democrat councillor for Penylan and lead candidate for South Wales Central for the 2021 Senedd elections, has raised fears after signs that an algal bloom may once again have started to form on the surface of the northern section of the lake in the past few days.

Commenting on this development, he said, “In both 2018 and 2019 the lake was hit by an outbreak of toxic blue-green algae which led to it having to be temporarily closed and all boating activities halted.

“Whilst boating is currently not taking place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is nonetheless very concerning that an outbreak may be occurring for the third summer in a row demonstrating that Cardiff Council has failed to take action to nip this problem in the bud.

“Liberal Democrat councillors have repeatedly called for the Labour-run council to address this issue, but the city’s leaders seem to be continuing to neglect this jewel in the crown of Cardiff’s parks.”

Welsh Liberal Democrat councillor for Cyncoed, Bablin Molik, added: “We have asked time and time again for the Labour council to find a way to stop this from keeping happening, but it seems to no avail.

“Roath Park is being visited more than ever by local residents at the current time, so it is sad to see it once again looking neglected.

“Whilst boating may be currently suspended anyway, we don’t want this problem to be an ongoing issue that re-occurs year after year. If the council continues to fail in finding a long-term solution, we are concerned it’s going to be something we have to put up with every summer. It’s therefore time Labour councillors took action.”

ENDS


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