Polluted Annesley lake kills thousands of fish

.Ponds at Sherwood Business Park
.Ponds at Sherwood Business Park

THOUSANDS of fish have died in a lake at the old Sherwood Park Kodak factory in Annesley as a result of pollution.

David Turner, secretary of Nottingham Anglers Association, reported the incident after receiving a phone call from a bailiff at the popular fishing spot where Bream, Carp, Goodion and Roach are all found.

Officers from the Environment Agency tended to the fountain lake with Severn Trent Water to drain it for sewage treatment and increase oxygen levels in the water on Monday last week.

Said Mr Turner: “When I got there it was a scene of utter devastation. Every single fish was dead. The vast majority of the lake bed appeared to be covered in fish. There were some very big carp in the reeds in the margins of the lake.

Mr Turner added that when he investigated a clear discharge coming from a pipe into the lake he noticed the liquid appeared to have bleached the pipe with algae and moss and he could smell a ‘vile’ smell.

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Nottingham Anglers Association rents the fishing rights to the lake from East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA), which owns the lake.

The club secretary estimated the value of fish lost to be in the tens of thousands of pounds and added: “It is devastating. At the end of the day they are living creatures. If this had been an oxygen problem we could have done something to save them. They must have suffered terribly before they died.”

Woodhouse ward councillor Helen Ann Smith said the Environment Agency had informed her it was still running tests and would keep her updated about the cause.

A spokesman for EMDA, said: “Until the Environment Agency has confirmed the pollutant and has decontaminated the lake, the timing of which is indeterminate at present, the restocking of the ponds cannot be considered.

“As EMDA is closing down, responsibility for the Business Park and lake will shortly be transferred to another body. The angling club’s licence expires in September and the renewal of the licence and any re-stocking policy will be the responsibility of the new owners.”

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We quickly located the source of the pollution and this was stopped. The penstop valve was closed as soon as the dead fish were discovered to stop it spreading further downstream.

A few thousand dead fish were taken away but it is impossible to know exact numbers as many were very small fish.”