Our respect for protecting the environment in Newark and plans to bring water based activities for young people to enjoy will go with the promise to preserve Balderton Lake’s natural beauty and not adversely affect the wildlife that exists there.
We always want to listen to the views of the community and won’t progress any plans until all surveys confirm that our plans will have no adverse impact to the wildlife.
The initial independent ecology report outlined that there were no major concerns and that no damage to wildlife will be caused by the the water based activities on the Lake. An additional ecological survey is now underway, together with a specific survey for the breeding bird population during April through to June.
Teaching young people
We want young people to enjoy kayaking and learn about the wildlife around the Lake
Only a small area of the Lake will be used for a few months a year with access at one point
All activity would be carried out respectfully and in harmony with the natural environment and wildlife
Our plans for the Lake
- Teaching children and young people water-based activities, such as kayaking
- Only using a small clearly defined area of the Lake
- Accessing the Lake through one, secured, designated area
- Designs include the scope to give access to able and disabled users
- Only small groups at a time would use the Lake, with a phased introduction approach
- Only during select times of the year (e.g. May to September)
- Only on a limited number of days in the week
- Only in daylight hours
- Activities will always be supervised by a qualified professionals
- There will be NO power boats on the Lake
- There will be NO camping around the Lake
- There will be NO floodlighting around the Lake
- There will be NO boathouse on the lakeside
- All activity would be carried out respectfully and in harmony with the natural environment and wildlife of Balderton Lake
Commitment to the environment
We know that local residents have concerns about our plans for for Balderton Lake and we want to reassure the community that the environment and wildlife considerations are important to us too.
We have commissioned a full update to the current ecology report as well as an additional independent report to specifically understand any impact on breeding birds on the Lake, which is taking place during April through to June.
In addition to this, further water testing is also underway to re-examine the quality and safety of the water.
Updates on the surveys and any other progress will be available after the end of the Summer, when we receive the results and professional opinions and reviews.
All our plans remain considerate of the environment which will be our key priority throughout this project. As part of this commitment and recommendations from ecologists we’ll be providing additional opportunities for a range of wildlife within the site, from enhancements to the bank and reed-beds to installing bat boxes to help species continue to thrive.
We’re committed to be totally open and would like to share the full independent ecology report with everyone that has concerns about impacts to the wildlife on Balderton Lake.
Updates from the new surveys and any other progress will be available after the end of the Summer, when we receive the results and professional opinions and reviews.
Todd Cauthorn, Executive Director at YMCA Newark & Sherwood:
“Expert ecologists have assured us that no impact or harm will come to local wildlife, and we hope that by sharing the results of the official ecology report the local community will be reassured that all of our plans are respectful of nature and wildlife in and around Balderton Lake.
We understand there are still some concerns and the views of our community members remain of utmost importance to us. As such, we are going to conduct an additional ecology report that places extra consideration on breeding birds and we have commissioned a site walkthrough too. We want local community members to know we’re continuing to listen to their views and we will not do anything on the Lake until the data from these further surveys confirm that the minimal usage will have no impact.”
- We will not do anything on the Lake until the data from these further surveys confirm that lake usage will have no impact
- We’ll be providing additional opportunities for a range of wildlife within the site, from enhancements to the bank and reed-beds to installing bat boxes to help species continue to thrive
- We’ll use these areas for families to enjoy and to support learning about nature for children
- Access to the Lake will also be designed to allow children with disabilities to enjoy the activities
- Our objective is to preserve the Balderton Lake’s natural beauty whilst bringing water-based activities and opportunities for young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Within the YMCA Village site, we will be planting numerous trees and wildflower meadows that will create habitats to enable pollinators such as bees and butterflies to thrive. We want this to encourage species to populate wider urban spaces to support habitats in other areas in and around Newark too.