Decision details

Southchurch Park Lake - Removal of Post and Rail

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a report of the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) seeking approval to replace small sections of the shin rail around the eastern section of the lake in Southchurch Park based on an agreed risk assessment.




1. That the replacement of small sections of shin rail, with appropriate signage introduced, as identified from a risk assessment of areas of higher risk (e.g duck feeding station and end of path junctions on the eastern section), be approved.


2, That it be noted that the western section of the lake does not have a shin rail and is used by the local model boating club.


Reasons for Decision:


The shin rail fence had reached the end of its useful life and research has shown that elsewhere, in similar circumstances, such barriers are no longer deemed essential.


Other Options


1. Replace the entire eastern section with a new shin rail fence at a cost of   approximately £25,000


2. Leave the entire eastern section open. This is however, not recommended, based on the attached risk assessment.


3. To use £10,000 of CIL money for the lake to be wholly fenced (as indicated by Ward Councillors).


Note: This is an Executive Function

Eligible for call-in to: Place Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Mulroney

Report author: John Burr

Publication date: 13/01/2023

Date of decision: 12/01/2023

Decided at meeting: 12/01/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 21/01/2023

This decision has been called in by:

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