Have your say on improvements at the Lake Grounds, Portishead

2:54pm - 07 June 2021

A consultation gets under way this week on potential improvements to Portishead Lake Grounds and people are being urged to have their say.

North Somerset Council and Portishead Town Council are working together to deliver a shared vision for the Lake Grounds which is to provide a regionally renowned park which is attractive, fun, safe and biodiverse and that visitors of all ages can enjoy and be proud of.

Cllr Mike Solomon, North Somerset Council's executive member for neighbourhoods and community services, said: "We are intending to invest a significant amount to achieve this and we want to make sure that the money is spent to improve the park in ways that the community supports.

"Because we as a council have to abide by government rules and fund 'mandatory' services such as adult social care, children's services, waste and recycling before funding what are deemed 'discretionary' services like parks there is just not the money available for year on year improvements. 

"However, we are investing £700,000 to help improve our three great North Somerset coastal lakes at Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare and the Lake Grounds, Portishead and we look forward to finding out more about what people think of the park and where we need to prioritise our funding."

Paul Gardner, Vice-chairman of Portishead Town Council added: “ We are  delighted that North Somerset Council has announced a significant investment in the Lake Grounds and are pleased to have worked in partnership with the council team to put together the Lake Grounds consultation. We really want to understand people’s priorities and ideas for the Lake Grounds.”

The consultation runs from midday today (Monday 7 June) to midday on Monday 2 August and can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/plg2021