Drained Mablethorpe St Mary’s pond could re-open in spring

St Mary's Park in Mablethorpe.
St Mary's Park in Mablethorpe.

WORK to restore the drained St Mary’s pond in Mablethorpe could get underway as early as next spring, the Leader can reveal.

The update comes after the matter was discussed as part of the agenda at Monday’s Mablethorpe Town Council Community Amenities Meeting.

The popular pond at the town council-owned wildlife park had to be drained in August when local residents reported that scores of fish were dying as a result of a drop in the water level. The council acted quickly to drain the remaining water and re-home around 2,500 fish to other nearby ponds.

It transpired that a substantial amount of refuse had been tipped into the pond, including metal rods and breeze blocks, thus damaging the lining and causing a reduction in the water level. Hundreds of goldfish had also been discarded into the pond, meaning it was hugely over populated.

At Monday’s meeting the councillors on the Community Amenities committee were also informed of a mystery local man who it appears has offered to reline the pond free of charge, something the town council are keen to follow up on.

Town clerk Jennie Cooper said: “I would be very grateful if that gentleman could contact me so we can discuss this excellent offer and the work involved.

“In the meantime I have submitted grant applications to various bodies to cover the cost of relining with substantial material some 1,000 square metres of pond.”

She continued: “Having taken advice it would appear the best time to do the work will be in the spring, when the silt and mud can be allowed to dry before removal.”

When the repairs are finally made the town council hopes to introduce new fish so that the pond can be restored to its former glory, providing a peaceful habitat for local people to enjoy.

l Send your thoughts on the possible restoration of St Mary’s pond to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk .