Plans to Revitalise Weston's Marine Lake

Bristol Live reports: The seafront lake is full of sludge now - but it's future is looking bright.

The Mudlarks, an eight strong band of swimmers, formed last summer after connecting with each other through their love of swimming at the lake and in the Bristol Channel.

Skip forward a few months and they are now supporting North Somerset Council in its Great Lakes project to revive the Victorian seafront attraction.

Weston's Marine Lake was created in the late 1920's to provide an enclosed seawater bathing and boating lake while the tide was out.

But over the years it has become filled up with silt due to the failing sluice gates.

Work started last month to start flushing out the sludge with the lake being emptied and diggers being moved in to remove the silt.

It is hoped to use the natural powers of the Bristol Channel and its high tides to naturally wash out the build up.

The lake will go back into operation for the summer season before dredging work begins again during the autumn and winter.

“Our vision is to see a safe enclosed beach with year round swimming and use for all.”

Once the lake is cleared of silt - and the faulty sluice gates either replaced or repaired - the plan is to clean it three times a year.