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Resurfacing roads, removing silt from the lake and installing new benches could all be part of new changes to Portishead’s Lake Grounds as part of North Somerset’s Great Lakes Scheme. The £700,000 project involves work to revitalize the coastal lakes of Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare, which have already seen dredging take place in Weston.

Following a consultation at the end of 2020, the proposed changes were shaped by over 1,000 responses which will focus on what people think the priorities for improvement should be. Work should begin this month (April) and continue until the end of July.

Portishead Town Council has also agreed to take over the lease of the existing children’s play area. Plans are proposed to create a wheel and skate park next to the playground.

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Changes include:

Improve accessibility along the Esplanade by removing curbs, repainting parking areas, installing benches and resurfacing. Planting a community orchard of heritage trees, other trees and new regeneration areas, improving access and installing new seats, picnic benches and garbage cans at the old miniature golf course. Investigate silt in the lake to better understand the amount present, disposal options, and costs associated with removal. Investigate options to improve existing facilities, including cafe, boathouse and public washrooms. This would include the installation of accessible toilets in 2023/24 following a successful bid by North Somerset Council for £60,000 funding from the government’s Changing Places Fund.

Councilor Mike Solomon, executive member of North Somerset Council for Neighborhoods and Community Services, said: ‘Thank you to those who took part in the consultation last year – it helped us learn more about what people thought of the park. We’ve allocated funds based on the highest priorities, so we make sure the money is invested in a community-supported way. I look forward to seeing plans come to fruition over the next few months to improve this popular and much-loved facility.

The councils work together to provide a common vision for Portishead Lake Grounds. It is about providing a regionally renowned park that is attractive, fun, safe and rich in biodiversity for visitors of all ages to enjoy and be proud of.

Paul Gardner, Deputy Chairman of Portishead City Council, added: “A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the consultation. We are delighted that visible improvements will soon be complete and we are happy to continue to work with North Somerset Council to help make the other improvements that people have requested. We especially look forward to many people’s Wheels and Skate Park dream coming true.”

The results of the consultation can be viewed by clicking here.

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