Sefton Park Boating Lake Shortchanged: A Half-Done Restoration?
The upheavals as Sefton Park is ‘restored’ have been grim. Trees and habitats destroyed, birdlife disrupted and months of mud and noise – though at least, we all believed, for future benefit. But will the Boating Lake, largest and most public of the waterways, now remain a dumping ground for waste as before? Apparently the money may be running out. If it does, I’d say, so is our civic pride.
Is this (above) the view of Sefton Park Boating Lake which will stay with us after all the heritage and landscape restoration is finished? Will the people of Liverpool, already said by Bill Bryson to have celebrated a ‘Festival of Litter’, permit what is arguably the City’s most significant park to retain within it a dumping ground for anything their careless fellow citizens have over the decades jettisoned into the Boating Lake?
… and this proposed ‘cost-cutting’, so it is said, all for a saving which is probably less than the amount already spent on destroying perfectly healthy trees in Sefton Park because they ‘block the view’?
The photographs below show some of the garbage which lies below the normal waterline of the lake, together with a view of the area which the dredger has cleaned up (by the top island), and the boating fence which, as things stand, may delineate the divide between the restored area and the much larger part of the lake which it’s feared will be left in neglect.
Will the powers-that-be ensure, despite the rumours, that the whole lake will be cleared? Or has this City really still so little civic pride? We await the evidence that all will be well, hopefully very soon.
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