Lake drainage work “done properly”

CRITICISM levelled at the drainage work carried out on one of the lakes close to Naas Hospital has been rejected.

CRITICISM levelled at the drainage work carried out on one of the lakes close to Naas Hospital has been rejected.

A local resident who contacted the Leader claimed that the work done on the lowest lake near the Lakelands residential area had the effect of denuding the wild bird habitat there.

He claimed that swans and water fowl are standing in mud looking for their natural and established nesting sites and he sought the placing of bales of straw “or similar” to “rectify the position”.

However Town Clerk Ken Kavanagh questioned the value of providing straw at the location.

He furthermore pointed out that the draining and dredging work at the lakes was undertaken only after advice was sought from the National Parks & Wildlife Service about the possible impact on birds and animals living there.

The clean up project which took place cost in the region of €200,000 and was undertaken last year after money was set aside for the work over a period of years.

Most of the work centred around the removal of silt which had built up on the floor of the lakes and in some places this had reduced the depth of the water from 20 centimetres from 1.2 metres.

When the work was announced by Town Engineer David Reel he said every effort would be made to protect the birds and fish living in and around the lake.