Derbyshire water park closed after ‘strange algae’ found

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A Derbyshire water park has closed at short notice after “strange algae” was discovered. Spring Lakes in Long Eaton has been forced to take the decision after the algae was discovered during a site inspection.

In a statement, the team at the site said it would be impossible to reopen on Monday due to the Bank Holiday, and they need the algae tested before they can reopen. Instead, it will reopen once the results of a full lab report into the discovery have returned, Nottinghamshire Live reports.

The campsite and café at the site, in Pasture Lane, remain open, with visitors to be contacted when the wider is ready to reopen. However, the team have said that they do not believe it is blue-green algae, which is known to cause health problems, and have also said that existing bookings are currently being looked at to ensure customers do not lose out.

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The team said on Sunday, August 28: “Unfortunately we will remain closed today as no matter how hard we tried overnight it proved impossible to get the correct level of water testing completed due to the Bank Holiday. We will continue to work as hard as possible to get these completed as soon as possible in order to safely reopen.”

The team added: “During our pre site inspection carried out on 27/08/2022 a small patch of strange algae was spotted on part of our site and as such this was tested and the results inconclusive. Following consultation with our water treatment company we no longer suspect it to be blue green algae however we feel it only prudent to remain closed and await a full lab report to be certain.

“We do not take this decision lightly as we know how many people rely on the site for many different reasons. If you have a booking that has been or will be affected our team will be in contact during the next couple of days and issue a refund.

“Our team are working hard to resolve this issue but we will not compromise safety. Please bear with us as demand on emails, messages and phone lines is high. There is no need to contact us as we will contact you.

“The Waters Edge Café is open as normal as is our fun city. The weather at the the lake is sunny and will be a perfect day to relax at the lake. Thank you all for the kind messages and support we look forward to seeing you all back at the lake soon.”

The £500,000 waterpark was opened in Long Eaton in 2019 by Mansfield couple Katie and Richard Hill, who own the 133-acre former Trent Meadow site. Following the announcement of the closure, visitors expressed support for the decision.

One said: “Thank you for keeping us informed and I hope you’re back up and running soon. It’s difficult to handle these situations but from the outside you appear to be making all the right decisions and doing the all right things.”

Another said: “Nature sometimes is a tricky thing. Hopefully up and running soon and the good weather lasts for weeks to come.”

A third said: Thankyou for putting our safety first, I rebooked for tomorrow after leaving yesterday but sounds like testing will not be complete until after then due to the Bank Holiday. I will wait to hear from you and see you soon.”


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