Bolton Council 'not doing enough' after dead fish found in Eatock Lodge in Westhoughton

Council 'not doing enough' after dead fish found in Eatock Lodge

Clive Daubney, who believes Bolton Council are not doing enough to tackle the problem that caused the death of 150 fish at Eatock Lodge

Eatock Lodge in Westhoughton, where at least 150 fish died

First published in News

BOLTON Council is working with the Environment Agency to protect fish at a beauty spot — despite criticisms from local people.

Last week The Bolton News reported that scores of dead carp were found floating on a lake at Eatock Lodge in Westhoughton — and the council confirmed it had removed 150 of the dead fish.

The Environment Agency, which has visited the site, said the fish had died because of excess weeds.

These have grown in the “extreme” warm weather and produced high levels of carbon dioxide and depleted the levels of oxygen in the water.

The council said it is “doing all it can” to resolve the issue, but local resident, Clive Daubney, has called for more action.

The 62-year-old said: “Bolton Council has a duty of care to look after these fish and I don’t think they are doing.

"This warm weather is set to continue and there is no sign of anything being done to oxygenate the water —I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more dead fish there soon."

A spokesman for the Environment Agency confirmed a method of oxygenating the water, using an aeration unit, is available for the council to use.

He said: “That option is there, but this process would take a minimum of three days to complete and needs 24-hour supervision — we do understand the practicalities that come with that.

“We are happy that Bolton Council is doing what it can and we are continuing to speak to them to provide information and advice.”

Mr Daubney said he believes the council should have “grabbed the offer” of using the aeration unit “straight away”.”

He added: “Surely they can find someone to monitor it, it would be a stupid move not to take up this offer.”

Mr Daubney said he has now made the RSPCA aware of the situation and will be “very interested” to hear what they have to say.

In a response, a spokesman for Bolton Council said: “We are confident that this issue arose due to unusual weather conditions. We have been working closely with the Environment Agency and they under-stand that we are doing all we can. We are continuing to monitor and liaise with the Environment Agency.”

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5:55pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Dr.DCSD says...

Bolton Council still does not get it. Wandering down to the water to see if there are dead fish, once in a while is NOT monitoring the situation. It should also be noted that this is not a one man campaign. The other people in the photograph have, in fact, been far more active in getting attention to Eatock Lodge. Dorothy (Dot) and Sandra have lived in the area for many more years than I have and they informed me that Bolton Council are just not interested in Eatock Lodge.
There is still no oxygenation being performed. The simplest method is spraying water over the surface of the water. This would really help the oxygen levels but the council cannot even afford to do that. Just monitor the situation is the only stance they take. No money or manpower for anything else.
Bolton Council still does not get it. Wandering down to the water to see if there are dead fish, once in a while is NOT monitoring the situation. It should also be noted that this is not a one man campaign. The other people in the photograph have, in fact, been far more active in getting attention to Eatock Lodge. Dorothy (Dot) and Sandra have lived in the area for many more years than I have and they informed me that Bolton Council are just not interested in Eatock Lodge. There is still no oxygenation being performed. The simplest method is spraying water over the surface of the water. This would really help the oxygen levels but the council cannot even afford to do that. Just monitor the situation is the only stance they take. No money or manpower for anything else. Dr.DCSD
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9:23am Thu 7 Aug 14

beautifulbolton says...

This is really disappointing after all the love, attention & hard work local residents & 'Friends of Eatock Lodge' put into this beauty spot - as a local resident it doesn’t go unnoticed.
I personally feel the council cuts have affected the wider Eatock Lodge area also such as overgrown hedges, less frequent grass cutting & a lot of littering mainly from the local take away - I do litter pick in my local vicinity a few times a year but people continue to feel it is acceptable to throw cans, pizza boxes etc on the ground.
Hope someone quickly takes ownership to prevent further dead fish.
This is really disappointing after all the love, attention & hard work local residents & 'Friends of Eatock Lodge' put into this beauty spot - as a local resident it doesn’t go unnoticed. I personally feel the council cuts have affected the wider Eatock Lodge area also such as overgrown hedges, less frequent grass cutting & a lot of littering mainly from the local take away - I do litter pick in my local vicinity a few times a year but people continue to feel it is acceptable to throw cans, pizza boxes etc on the ground. Hope someone quickly takes ownership to prevent further dead fish. beautifulbolton
  • Score: 2

2:15pm Wed 13 Aug 14

taylor2014 says...

Me and my fiance take our children regular to feed the ducks and was upsetting for my 6 year old son to see a hell of a lot of dead fish floating on the top of the water. Hope that alot more is done to sort the matter and get the pond clear, to help the oxygen levels to keep the fish alive... not many places you can go for a nice walk round here these days since they built loads of houses , you cant even walk through one of the entrances cause the bushes are overgrown so much sure this is one of the reasons we pay our council tax!!!!
Me and my fiance take our children regular to feed the ducks and was upsetting for my 6 year old son to see a hell of a lot of dead fish floating on the top of the water. Hope that alot more is done to sort the matter and get the pond clear, to help the oxygen levels to keep the fish alive... not many places you can go for a nice walk round here these days since they built loads of houses , you cant even walk through one of the entrances cause the bushes are overgrown so much sure this is one of the reasons we pay our council tax!!!! taylor2014
  • Score: 1

10:17am Fri 29 Aug 14

Dr.DCSD says...

An update to the fishy story of Bolton Council, after complaining that my e-mails and telephone calls were unanswered, I received a letter from the council which, in effect, denied everything that I had said. They even denied comments from the Ministry of Fisheries. They said that 30% Oxygen content is perfectly acceptable for the fish. THIS IS VERY, VERY WRONG.. Bolton Council still denies the fact that they have care of responsibility for the fish and that they have ignored this plight. They will not be rep[lacing any fish or undertaking a proper study of the conditions to ensure that this will not happen again, the next time we have warm weather. Perhaps we should show our contempt for Bolton Council at the next elections?.
An update to the fishy story of Bolton Council, after complaining that my e-mails and telephone calls were unanswered, I received a letter from the council which, in effect, denied everything that I had said. They even denied comments from the Ministry of Fisheries. They said that 30% Oxygen content is perfectly acceptable for the fish. THIS IS VERY, VERY WRONG.. Bolton Council still denies the fact that they have care of responsibility for the fish and that they have ignored this plight. They will not be rep[lacing any fish or undertaking a proper study of the conditions to ensure that this will not happen again, the next time we have warm weather. Perhaps we should show our contempt for Bolton Council at the next elections?. Dr.DCSD
  • Score: 0

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