February 17, 2021

The ongoing major clean-up campaign at South Lake, which began before Christmas, and has continued into the New Year, is gathering pace as Council staff turn their attention this week to the island based on South Lake. The removal of accumulated tyres, trollies, mixed plastic, metal and other general waste material from the island is designed to ensure the environmental sustainability of the area.

The overall campaign has to date focused on dredging the harbour and removing the vast amount of rubbish discarded into the lake over many years. The continuing removal of dead vegetation and pollutants from the lake is reviving water quality, with the aim of restoring South Lake and the surrounding area to its former glory. A concerted collaborative effort across Council departments continues with many redeployed staff assisting with the initiative, ahead of the planned launch of the brand new South Lake Watersports Centre in April.

In addition to the planned work by officers, Campbell Civils have been commissioned by Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council as part of the Craigavon Public Realm Scheme, to carry out works at the lakes. This has included resurfacing of the existing walkway to tie in with the recently upgraded walkway at South Lake Leisure Centre and the installation of lighting bollards and street furniture. This work is expected to start onsite early March 2021 and is due to be completed by summer 2021.

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