Eden Gate Estate Houghton SUDS pond - reference to Fire and Rescue Service of safety hazards et al

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Anthony William COLES

Dear Cumbria County Council,

Please find below my enquiry of the Cumbria Fire and rescue service in respect of what appears to me, and many residents of the Eden Gate estate, to be an hazard particularly for children .

Back ground

Story have developed a site at Houghton, Carlisle a representative post code on the estate is CA3 0LT.
The City council granted planning permission and the County were consulted.
The surface water is gathered by a reticulation system and delivered to a SUDS pond, located some distance from the nearest houses and screened by vegetation, and thence discharged, under flow control, into Brunswick Beck.
It is difficult to reconcile several safety aspects of the design with a reasonable interpretation of the relevant guidelines in the SUDS manual CIRA C753 2015
The design of the pond is such that it generally contains water to a depth of approximately 1 metre but can potentially fill considerably higher at times of heavy precipitation; and could be iced over.
Despite being sited away from the estate roads there is no fencing and access is freely available to children – some of whom have been observed using the fence as a climbing frame.
The banks of the pond are steeply sloped - probably in places greater than 300 - and the only restriction to access is a three barred fence.
The nature of the pond itself dictates that there appears to be an underwater obstruction in the form of a settlement area.
Two lifesaving throw bags are provided and there are several BS warning notices only indicating deep water.
HSE have declined to become involved as the City Councillors had been informed of my concerns. The City Council have not yet fully responded to my recent reference as and Health and safety issue.

Questions

What if any is the responsibility of the Service in respect of such hazards

Have the Service had the opportunity to assess the safety provisions at this site.

Are the safety provisions satisfactory particularly notices and fencing.

What is the emergency access to the pond? is this made known by your crews?

How would your customer telephone contact operative identify the site – I would expect that a notice giving the closest post code to be displayed to aid response.

Yours faithfully,

Cllr. A W Coles MA. BSc. (Hons). FIGEM. FEI

Information Governance, Cumbria County Council

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Dear Mr Coles

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 / ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS
2004

REFERENCE: IG 01836

 

Please see attached for a response to your request for information.

 

Yours sincerely

 

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Anthony William COLES

Dear Information Governance,

Thank you very much for reply which I fully understand.

I was most impressed by your officers attention to detail.

The main aims of my request have been fully met and I look forward to seeing the amended sign and note that the site is covered in your operating procedures.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony William COLES