WIMBLEBALL Lake is housing a ‘wheelyboat’ - a safe and stable means of access to the lake for people including wheelchair users.
The Somerset County Council wheelyboat is part of the flood response planning following the severe flooding in 2014 which cut off the village of Muchelney near Langport for ten weeks.
When it is not required, the county council makes it available to the community to increase access to waterways for recreational purposes.
Regional charity South West Lakes Trust has been offered the opportunity to house the boat at Wimbleball Lake from 2017 and it was launched on Monday (March 27).
Among those present were Barry James, strategic commissioning manager with responsibility for flood and water management at Somerset County Council, and Green Days Day Care, a community-based day care service which caters for adults with a range of learning disabilities.
Barry said: “It is really important that we have plans in place to respond to major flood incidents and the boat is part of our response if it’s needed.
“Fortunately, such events are infrequent and we wanted the boat to be used at other times, so it’s great that we have an arrangement with South West Lakes Trust to help get people out on the water who might otherwise struggle to enjoy it.”
South West Lakes Trust will make use of, store and maintain the boat and, under the agreement, will make it available to the emergency services within 24 hours of a request in an emergency.
The wheelyboat can we hired from £30 for a half day of use.