PEOPLE are being advised not to swim in Burnham-on-Sea's Apex Park lake.

Sedgemoor District Council has placed warning signs around the water's edge as a precautionary measure.

There are fears that, due to the recent hot weather, toxic blue green algae could be present in the water.

The Environment Agency is testing the water.

The district council's advice to people in the park is:

  • Do not swim in the water;
  • Do not let dogs in the water or let them drink it;
  • Do not swallow the water;
  • Avoid contact with the algae;
  • Observe and abide by any warning notices positioned around the water;
  • All guidance/signage should still be followed which also includes a restriction on any permit holders for casual model boat use. All the groups who use the lake will be advised. Fishing is permitted, but the rules relating to blue green algae provided on permits must be adhered to.

A Sedgemoor District Council spokesperson said: "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, toilets and a refreshment van offering hot and cold snacks."