Latest Information Regarding the Blue Lake
22nd March 2021
Following a virtual meeting I had with Senior Management at the
Ebbsfleet Developement Company (EDC), this is the latest news available to Thameside.
Please be advised that the following is the latest up to date information obtained for the future of the Blue Lake.
- Blue Lake is now owned by EDC.
- Subject to planning permission, not yet applied for, it is intended to create a public country park within the bounds of the Blue Lake.
- The bed of the Lake will be raised by the introduction of inert material.
- The water level will not be lowered, and excess water will be allowed to permeate away through the chalk sides.
- A bank/pathway is to be created to allow access around the whole
perimeter of the Lake.
- The surveys already carried out could be made available to Thameside on request (to be confirmed).
- Thameside to be kept informed of future developments.
- Fishing will be included in futures plans, but will be in conjunction with other water sports.
- The welfare of the current fish stocks is a Thameside priority, and options as to what to do with them during the planned works was discussed. The Environment Agency (EA) were looking at the following problems:
- Moving them to another site may cause unnecessary stress and deaths.
- Electrofishing/netting not really viable due to depth and obstructions. The EDC and EA were not aware of the many vehicles dumped in the Lake.
Although there are no immediate plans to close the Lake, it was thought that the back filling could start in late 2022 or early 2023.
Once a time scale is confirmed, it is almost certain that the whole site will be closed to members until the work is completed.
Currently the Chalk face repairs are complete, and subject to satisfactory test results that part of the Lake will be re opened.
It was unrealistic to get confirmed time lines re work completion, as both planning permission and funding has still not been applied for.
I have no reason to suspect fishing will be further restricted for the next season, but the access after then is to be confirmed.
Finally, I hope the above information also explains why the Committee are reluctant to spend any money on the Blue Lake at this present time.