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Newark Advertiser reader letter: Preserve our peace

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Walking around Balderton Lake this morning I couldn’t believe how lucky we are to have this little oasis on our doorsteps.

In any weather it delights all the scenes, and the tranquillity is more therapeutic than any medicine.

I understand the need for activities that will encourage children to achieve their potential and help with their self esteem and I applaud all that the YMCA is trying to achieve at its Newark site, and encourage it whole heartedly.

Letter. (30301531)
Letter. (30301531)

But as the YMCA is intending to use coaches to transport children from around the county, I ask myself why disturb the this haven of wildlife and wellbeing? Why not instead use these coaches to transport children to kayak and enjoy watersports at close by purpose- built facilities in a less dangerous environment therefore leaving the lake to its natural inhabitants and people searching for a tranquil escape in these trying times.

Both can be achieved with no extra cost to the YMCA.

Balderton Lake has a diverse nature and wildlife, including kingfishers, egrets and herons and many other birds on the amber list to protect and we should be encouraging and enhancing areas like this for future generations as Balderton and Newark become surrounded more by concrete.

So maybe the YMCA would be better helping the community to develop educational areas on the lake, thus encouraging ecological study in children and hopefully a future generation can appreciate all that we can already see in Balderton Lake .

So please Newark and Balderton councils, consider saving for your constituents what we already have ­— an amazing, calming, wellbeing and wildlife-friendly lake and don’t allow watersports on the lake and kayak elsewhere.

Peace is priceless. ­— J. Hall, via email

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