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Heslington West Lake to be Drained


The summer term will see the arrival of workmen to the university after plans were revealed to clean and repair the plastic-bottomed lake on Heslington West campus.

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Most of the work will be carried out from Vanbrugh Paradise with state of the art drainage systems which will enable the fish living in the lake to be removed and safely rehomed. Project manager David Short said,

“This is a big job, but we really feel it will benefit the university. The lake is a health and safety hazard and long talks have finally led to a solution to that problem. Our top priority is causing as little distress to the wildlife as possible.”

Millie Beach, Vanbrugh Chair, is positive about the project. She said,

“It’s going to be a very exciting year for Vanbrugh, with the building of the new Piazza and the work being done to the lake.”

The project aims to be finished by the end of the summer holidays in time for the new university year. The question is, where will the geese go?