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Wimbledon Park Lake Water Quality & Biodiversity / Proposed Boardwalk and De-silting

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Please see a copy of this email (dated 31 December 2021) from Dr. David Dawson to Merton and Wandsworth Planning departments, along with an attached document regarding water quality and biodiversity of Wimbledon Park lake.

In summary: “...the proposals would harm:

  1. The water quality of the lake. This is from higher rates of pollution from the catchment of the lake and from the proposal to dump silt around its margins.
  2. Three London Priority Habitats identified through the London Biodiversity Action Plans: wet woodland, standing water and reedbed.
  3. Nineteen London Priority Species: including the European Eel, Pochard, Swift, Swallow and Martins and up to eight species of bat.
  4. A Borough Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.
  5. The proposals do not avoid causing ecological damage, nor propose full mitigation and compensation measures for the damage. In particular, the proposed new reedbeds will replace richer existing habitats, so constitute a net loss, and would not remove a significant amount of pollutants from the lake.
  6. The proposed walkway, largely on a boardwalk within the lake, would harm biodiversity and provide much inferior public access to nature than would the existing 1993 obligation. …”

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