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Skegness residents complain as algal bloom returns to boating lake

An algal bloom has returned to Skegness Boating Lake, with locals once again criticising the unsightly appearance and “unbearable” odour.

East Lindsey District Council vowed to address the issue at the start of May after locals took to social media to complain that the southern end of the lake looked “absolutely disgusting” and “smelled awful.”

A spokesperson noted that although the lake had been treated with non-toxic chemical dosing and the problem was initially remedied, it has since returned.

The algal bloom on Skegness boating lake
The algal bloom on Skegness boating lake

However, the council hopes to solve the problem in the coming weeks, just in time for the school summer holidays.

An exact timeline could not be given, as there are many variables, including weather, water temperature, the amount of bacteria present in the water, and other factors.

Pictures of the lake have started to circulate online again, with resident Donna Raistrick heavily criticising the smell. “The stench is unbearable and more than likely toxic; it will no doubt get worse in the heat,” she wrote on Facebook.

A spokesperson for East Lindsey District Council responded: “A suspected case of algae at the southern Skegness Boating Lake was treated earlier this year with non-toxic chemicals and other products to deter its spread.

“We regularly monitor the water quality and, following a recent return of the issue last week, work is currently taking place to dose and treat the lake, followed by a further treatment in a week’s time to ensure it has fully dispersed and that the much-loved facilities are in the best possible condition ahead of the main season.”

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