Algae ‘disgusts’ visitors to lake

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PUTRID green algal blooms have dominated vast swathes of Skegness Boating Lake, disgusting holidaymakers, residents and tourist attraction operators during the peak visitor season.

The photosynthetic organisms, which can multiply rapidly during periods of sunny weather, following heavy rainfall, have collected in dense, slimy pockets around the lake’s edge.

Skegness resident of 15 years Matt Francis said the lake was the worst he had ever seen it and fears it could deter tourists from returning.

He said: “It’s disgusting, it looks horrible and it gives the impression that the council just isn’t bothered,”

Day-tripper Jack Boyfield hoped to enjoy a relaxing boat ride with his friend during their visit to the resort, but the trip was tarnished by unsightly surface slime.

He said: “It’s not very nice, I’ve been here quite a few times but this would put me off coming back.”

Brian O’Connor who leases the lake from East Lindsey District Council said it reminded him of the notorious seaweed-infested Sargasso Sea in the Bermuda Triangle and felt something ought to be done.

“I’m very anxious that the council should be pro-active in maintaining a high standard of water quality to avoid the detrimental affect to the businesses and the resort and subsequent bad publicity,” he said.

A spokesperson for the council has since explained that as a natural phenomenon there is little that can be done to prevent the problem but that now it has been identified action will be taken.

They said on Thursday: “Our technical services team are already aware of this problem and are taking measures to remedy the build up of blanket weed in the Northern Boating Lake.

“We hope to have an improve situation prior to the weekend.”

The southern lake, which ELDC recently transformed into wildlife zone, is relatively free of algae, leaving visitors to question how water just metres apart could be so different in quality. Site manager at Gibraltar Point Kev Wilson has since explained that the feeding of ducks and geese in the northern lake and the turbulence caused by boats may have caused the disparity.