If only the *only* issue about the fake lake at Beckenham Place Park is the fact that it is phoney! Lewisham Council and Heritage Lottery Fund spin this fantasy of a restoration, but if it was a restoration surely there would be a water supply to work with? And why do they have to dig so deep, why will they use a bore and why will it have so much kit associated with it – if it’s a *restoration*?
It’s not a restoration, it’s a high tech construction and will need specialist maintenance and interventions. This is a summary of the kit:-
Here we have the lake subcontractor advertising in the park for digger and dumper drivers.
Hold on to my dog, I’ll give it a go.
Anyway, work has temporarily ceased on the fake lake. Maybe they can’t get cheap labour? Or maybe the contractor awaits payment? Except that, it seems WW2 asbestos contamination has been found – but weren’t test pits dug prior to work starting?
In any event, there’s already too much spoil for the Temple of Dirt, so Lewisham Council need to come up with another cunning plan to dispose of the lake spoil (other than the expensive one of it being taken off site.)
The amount of spoil has significantly increased because the depth of the lake has increased. The water diviner appears to have let them down.
Funny that, I thought the occupants of the Ivory Towers knew best?!
The same as we are led to believe that a few warning notices and, what the Beckenham Place Park Project Manager refers to as orangey rubber things is all the safety measures that are required.
Whereas, at Hampstead swimming ponds they have life guards. And even then there have been fatalities.
Lewisham are promoting wild swimming, yet they are swimming against the tide of expert opinion. Why would a Chief Inspector of Police and an outdoor rescue specialist be wrong and the clever officers on the Beckenham Place Park project team be right?
And then there is the issue of the outdoor organisation Wide Horizons providing kayaking on the lake.
Outdoor education is a valuable tool if schools/parents have the budgets to access it. Wide Horizons is a registered charity in the same way that Eton College is a registered charity. How many *deprived* kids have they actually provided an outdoor experience to? The 2013/14 set of accounts indicated 39,000 kids had used their services, but of these only 69 benefitted from the Get Out Go Wild programme “aimed at disadvantaged city children.” For 2014/15 it was 41,000 and up to 227 disadvantaged kids and 2015/16 47,000 and down to 166 disadvantaged kids. Their 2016/17 accounts are over a month overdue.
Wide Horizons are crowd funding to fight for survival let alone having the resources to provide kayaks and staff supervision at Beckenham Place Park. Or maybe Lewisham Council will subsidise them? And yet, Wide Horizons were supposed to be the lynchpin of revenue generation in Heritage Lottery Fund’s thoroughly scrutinised 😂😂😂 whizzy plans for the new shiny regenerated park.
And to whom do Wide Horizons actually provide services in south London? Mainly Greenwich schools and parents who can afford to pay. Surely they need a lake in Greenwich Park, then?
Irrespective of any other considerations, Greenwich Council wouldn’t want the responsibility should a tragedy arise. Maybe they are more sensible than Lewisham Council and listen to the people who really know – rather than the people who think they know best and think they should not be challenged!
Well, it’s a theory!
By the way, this is the timeline for the lake works:-