Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Cosmeston Wakeboarding proposal

Further to my post the other day about this, there is now an online petition against this proposal which needs 1000 signatures. It's climbing since I highlighted it on FB and Twitter. PLEASE SIGN:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/environment-and-wildlife/#activist
It's at the top left of the list on the above page.
Further info discovered is that both lakes have SSSI status due to the presence of Starry Stonewort {Nitellopsis obtuse}, which is endangered in the UK and very rare in Europe. THIS IS ACTUALLY HIGHLIGHTED ON THE VoG WEB SITE! It is an underwater plant that likes lake water 1-6m deep and the lakes are ideal. Having wakeboards churning up the water with wakes is clearly going to be to the detriment of this rare plant. On top of that of course the wakes will disturb the adjacent reed habitat on E lake where we have breeding Reed & Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings, plus Mute Swan and Great Crested Grebes.
PS here is a link to the Vale of Glamorgan web site where the SSSI status is detailed:
http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/enjoying/parks_and_gardens/cosmeston/cosmeston_lakes_country_park/sssi.aspx
Thanks
John

1 comment:

John Wilson said...

The planning app for this is still not validated with VoG, so really there's not a lot of sense in commenting or speculating any further as to what form it would take and what it would be like, until the plans are fully validated and in the public domain on the VoG website.