Should last another 80 years if properly looked after

PUBLISHED: 09:18 31 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 24 May 2010

I AM disappointed that one of the beach boating ponds in Weston is to be demolished this week (Weston edition). After 80 years of sterling service, it is disintegrating

I AM disappointed that one of the beach boating ponds in Weston is to be demolished this week (Weston edition). After 80 years of sterling service, it is disintegrating. As the other pond at the south end of the beach will now have a maintenance schedule drawn up to ensure it is preserved, I trust it will not be allowed to fall into the same unacceptable condition as the one to be lost. It is treated more kindly by wind and wave and should last for another 80 years if properly looked after. I also hope that adequate maintenance will permit parents to allow their children to paddle in it, something prohibited in the disintegrating pond.Model yachting, for which the latter was designated, is not as popular as it once was but places to paddle when the tide is out are certainly needed. For this, and boating and bathing, the Marine Lake was built in 1927. If day-trippers did not see the sea, they had the consolation of the largest lake of its kind in the country.For those who wish to sail model yachts, there is still a perfect pond in the 1860s Prince Consort Gardens at the north end of the town. This ornamental park is in a prominent position, offers spectacular views over the bay and is generally well maintained. However, its boating pond is not functional as the water is stagnant and all that floats on it is debris. Perhaps this might be remedied with suitable signs provided to permit residents and visitors alike to enjoy to the full these historic gardens.CLLR MIKE KELLAWAY-MARRIOTTCentral Ward, Weston Town CouncilGrove House, Grove Park, Weston

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