Fish to be rescued from drying Sutton ponds

Sutton Council has already moved some fish

Sutton Council has already moved some fish

First published in Weather News Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant Editor

Fish are to be moved from Sutton ponds to protect them from dying during a dry summer.

The measure at some drying ponds is being taken by Sutton Council as the south east prepares for a hosepipe ban, which comes into force on April 5, due to low water levels.

Dozens of fish in the Stock Pond in Beddington Park are particularly vulnerable, as the pond can dry out in a very short amount of time.

To make sure the fish survive, the council plans to move them to a fishery outside London where they can survive the dry summer happily.

Fish from Lakeside Pond have already been moved to nearby Grange Lake to ensure they do not get trapped as water levels drop further.

To ensure the pond's survival, which also supports amphibians, insects and birds, parks officers are planning to pump water from nearby ponds to make sure that the clay base does not crack, threatening its future.

Sutton and East Surrey Water, which supplies Sutton's population with water, is one of seven water companies in the south east to impose a hosepipe ban.

Currently the ban does not cover businesses or local councils, so Sutton Council is free to continue using hosepipes in public parks and gardens.

But it has sworn to restrict watering to the minimum needed to keep plants alive.

Fore information on the drought and how to save water visit environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/drought.

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6:41pm Wed 4 Apr 12

lilacgeorge says...

Find it a bit unfair that as residents we are not to use our hosepipes to ensure our fish/plants/animals don't suffer yet the council and businesses can continue to use theirs??? Surely we can be just as sensible???? I will sit back and await my refund for the water that I've been charged for but won't be using then shall I......? ;)
Find it a bit unfair that as residents we are not to use our hosepipes to ensure our fish/plants/animals don't suffer yet the council and businesses can continue to use theirs??? Surely we can be just as sensible???? I will sit back and await my refund for the water that I've been charged for but won't be using then shall I......? ;) lilacgeorge
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7:19pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Michael Pantlin says...

My S&ES Water Company annual charge has just been raised by a whopping 10.% for this annual rise which their paperwork PR spin describes as "a little above inflation". They seek to justify this big rise on the cost of their work to upgrade their infrastructure to improve our supply. Yet the hosepipe ban proves they have failed. As new government mantra is don't reward failure we should be given a refund. We should also be able to chose our water company as our other utilities instead of being under the S&ES monopoly cosh. CaMoron should be sorting this out instead of upsetting everybody with his bull in a china shop style privatising our cherished NHS, pushing towards closure of our St, Helier A&E and maternity services, badly treating our loyal and caring NHS staff, cutting the OAP by fancy footwork, tax means few understand, shoving up the price of our lovely Greggs pasties, and today's attack to swipe away at one blow important protective legislation for our environment and wildlife while Cleggy and his party just exist to make up the numbers and enjoy their brief period of an illusion of power.
My S&ES Water Company annual charge has just been raised by a whopping 10.% for this annual rise which their paperwork PR spin describes as "a little above inflation". They seek to justify this big rise on the cost of their work to upgrade their infrastructure to improve our supply. Yet the hosepipe ban proves they have failed. As new government mantra is don't reward failure we should be given a refund. We should also be able to chose our water company as our other utilities instead of being under the S&ES monopoly cosh. CaMoron should be sorting this out instead of upsetting everybody with his bull in a china shop style privatising our cherished NHS, pushing towards closure of our St, Helier A&E and maternity services, badly treating our loyal and caring NHS staff, cutting the OAP by fancy footwork, tax means few understand, shoving up the price of our lovely Greggs pasties, and today's attack to swipe away at one blow important protective legislation for our environment and wildlife while Cleggy and his party just exist to make up the numbers and enjoy their brief period of an illusion of power. Michael Pantlin
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8:30pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Will the drought herald the end of the infamous Wilko Grass Wall which wacky LBS High Street scheme cost the council tax payers £145,000?
Will the drought herald the end of the infamous Wilko Grass Wall which wacky LBS High Street scheme cost the council tax payers £145,000? Michael Pantlin
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10:29pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Liz2076 says...

Sadly I think you'll find the Wilko Grass Wall will be safe. There will be plenty of water available to keep that eyesore alive.
Sadly I think you'll find the Wilko Grass Wall will be safe. There will be plenty of water available to keep that eyesore alive. Liz2076
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10:38pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Yaffle1 says...

Why are the water companies still issuing licences for the wealthy to drill their own private boreholes? This is our water that they are stealing!
Why are the water companies still issuing licences for the wealthy to drill their own private boreholes? This is our water that they are stealing! Yaffle1
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9:57am Tue 10 Apr 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Yaffle1 wrote:
Why are the water companies still issuing licences for the wealthy to drill their own private boreholes? This is our water that they are stealing!
They're like 007, licensed to drill.
[quote][p][bold]Yaffle1[/bold] wrote: Why are the water companies still issuing licences for the wealthy to drill their own private boreholes? This is our water that they are stealing![/p][/quote]They're like 007, licensed to drill. Michael Pantlin
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