‘Potentially toxic’ blue green algae is still present in Highbridge’s Apex Park lakes, new tests have found this week.

Sedgemoor District Council, which manages the park, has urged Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge dog walkers to keep away from the water.

The algae was first identified in the lakes in July – and the latest water quality tests carried out on 14th September show it is still present.

Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “All users of Apex Park lakes are advised that the levels of Blue Green algae are still over the threshold for safe use of the lake.”

The water, if touched, could cause skin irritation or an ‘upset stomach’ and can be dangerous to dogs.

The green algae has been a frequent occurence during periods of hot weather over recent years.

As a precaution, visitors have been advised to stay away from the water and dog owners have been advised to keep their pets from entering the lakes.

The council is urging visitors not to swim in the water, not to let dogs in the water or let them drink it, nor to swallow the water, and to avoid contact with the algae, not to eat fish caught from the water, and to observe and abide by any warning notices positioned around the water.

Despite the presence of blue green algae in the waters of Apex Park Lake, there is still plenty to do and see in the 42-acre park. Visitors can go skateboarding; use the outdoor gym, play facilities, as well as just enjoying a walk and the wildlife. Accessible paths go around the park suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. There are picnic spots, ample free car parking and toilets.