Stones spread on Ashby Ville ‘beach’ to deter life-threatening swimming

People, Health and Care
15:52, Friday, 10th May 2024

More than 100 tonnes of large stones have been spread across parts of Ashby Ville Nature Reserve in a bid to deter bathers from entering the dangerous waters of the pond.

Despite recent tragedies – including a 14-year-old schoolboy who drowned in 2021 – people are still risking their lives in the flooded quarry.

The pond, which is a local nature reserve and home to a range of wildlife,  attracts crowds of visitors, especially in warm weather.

Despite warning signs, police patrols and £100 fines for anyone entering the water and refusing to come out when asked to do so, people are still swimming in Ashby Ville and getting into difficulties.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “There is no doubt that Ashby Ville pond can be a dangerous place – it is a disused quarry, it is very deep, has steep drop-off points, and there is even a car at the bottom.

“Despite this, people still insist on risking their lives. Laying down these stones may seem an extreme measure, but we will not compromise when it comes to saving lives. We are doing everything we can to make this area a safe place for people to enjoy.”

A digger spreading stones onto a beach area by a pond