When lakes are really pits

PUBLISHED: 18:22 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 11:59 04 May 2010

A FURTHER mystery to add to your otherwise excellent Lakes Mystery story in last week s issue, is why Roswell Pits are now being referred to as Roswell Lakes . They are pits created by digging out clay over the centuries from an area that was at one ti

A FURTHER mystery to add to your otherwise excellent 'Lakes Mystery' story in last week's issue, is why Roswell Pits are now being referred to as 'Roswell Lakes'. They are pits created by digging out clay over the centuries from an area that was at one time known as Roswell Hills.

That apart, I find it astonishing that they should be sold by Thomas Parsons Charity without any consultation with the City of Ely Council, or, as far as I know, East Cambridgeshire District Council, or the wider community.

The pits are of immense scientific importance, rich in wildlife and an important recreational area.

If a new country park is established on the east of the city then Roswell Pits would be a focal point between the Cresswells pocket park and the Clayway, Kettleswell Drove part of any park.

Usually developers buy to make money and it is difficult to see how to develop the pits without changing their nature and I think they are wonderful as they are.

Ideally they should be in public ownership with improved access for our growing community.

MIKE ROUSE

Lynton Close

Ely

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