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Plans to enhance River Ver and Verulamium Park lakes

Plans to enhance River Ver and Verulamium Park lakes

Residents in the St Albans District are to be kept up to date with ambitious plans to improve the River Ver and Verulamium Park’s ornamental lakes.

A series of web pages dedicated to explaining the long-term project as it unfolds have been launched. People interested in the scheme are encouraged to fill in a feedback form to put forward their own views and suggestions.

St Albans City and District Council which owns the park is working on the project with the Environment Agency, Affinity Water and Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service. Its overarching aim is to improve the environmental conditions surrounding the Ver as it flows through Verulamium Park to Sopwell Mill Farm. The area includes the park’s artificial lakes which were built more than 80 years ago and suffer from poor water quality.

Over many decades, there has been a build up of thousands of tons of silt in the lake. This is due to a number of factors while the intake of fresh water from the Ver is irregular and slow. The silt is unsightly, sparks algae blooms, gives off unpleasant smells and can produce bacteria harmful to birds.

Local consultants AECOM are carrying out a feasibility study into options to improve the river and lakes, the likely impacts and the costs involved. The web pages give information on the project’s objectives, progress and the area that may be affected. There is also a section answering the most frequently asked questions. It is available on:

Councillor Daniel Chichester-Miles, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “This is a complex and challenging task and it is vital that we engage with park users and residents during every step of the process to explain what we are doing and gain their support. “The web pages will help us do so and I urge everyone with an interest in Verulamium Park to use it to keep informed of what is happening and provide us with valuable feedback.”

by Philip Kenchington, - 10/11/2017 00:00


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