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FISH AT RISK FROM ALGAE IN CITY LAKE.

Byline: DAVID CONWAY

CITY environment chiefs have closed lakes in Newsham Park after they were found to be contaminated with blue-green algae.

Tests by the Environment Agency confirmed the presence of the algae after complaints from residents.

Heritage campaigner Jonathon Brown said that it was very poor performance by the council and that residents saw it developing a week ago.

He said: "The city are supposed to have found funding for a fountain aerator and oxygenating plants, which are still not in, two years after they were talked about. It''s a false economy to let fish stocks die and drive away the kids and anglers over the summer."

Algae grows in certain weather conditions and, as well as being hazardous to fish, pets and wild animals, it produces toxins which can be harmful to humans. A council statement said: "As a precaution, angling, use of model boats and other activities have been suspended until further notice."

The Environment Agency will be carrying out further tests on the lake and the council will be providing more information to park users as it becomes available.

The lake closure has affected plans over the coming weeks with a number of events planned.

Mr. Brown said the situation was sad after work had been put in to improving the park.

He added: "The community have been working really hard painting all the railings round the top lake and planting trees, etc, in readiness for these events."

The council said the suspension was likely to last for a number of weeks.

The lakes will be now be checked on a daily basis by the officials from the Environment Agency.

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SLIME: Newsham Park lake, where blue algae has formed
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