Resident slams ‘mindless vandalism’ as freezer fly-tipped into Potters Bar lake

PUBLISHED: 17:35 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:35 06 April 2018

A fridge was dumped in Potters Bar's Oakmere Park. Picture: Emma Devoil

A fridge was dumped in Potters Bar's Oakmere Park. Picture: Emma Devoil


Residents have voiced anger after someone fly-tipped a freezer into a lake in Potters Bar.

The fridge was spotted floating in Oakmere Park this morning and reported to Hertsmere Council by Potters Bar resident Emma Devoil, who blasted the yobbish behaviour.

She said: “It seems like a lot of hard work to dump a freezer all the way into the park, it’s not even near the car park side.

“Whoever did it took it all the way towards the dock area where people fish – it seems like mindless vandalism.”

Emma, 29, said the council told her it would be cleared within five working days – a time frame she said left her “concerned”.

“That lake is full of fish and birds, and I’m not sure how big the potential environmental impact could be, plus a lot of dogs, including mine, drink from that lake.”

A Hertsmere Council spokeswoman said: “Our parks contractors are aware of the dumped fridge – unfortunately it has floated off to an island in the lake and they plan to get a boat out there by early next week and get the fridge removed.

“The five working days referred to in the electronic message is a target and they are aiming to get it removed as soon as possible.”

Responding the environmental concerns, she added: “Refrigerants are sealed in and only pose a threat if they are released due to damage or, over time, corrosion.

“If it did rupture whilst it water, it would rapidly vent off to the atmosphere without any major effect on the surrounding water.

“That said, it’s clearly an eyesore in one of our beautiful parks so we are aiming to get it removed as soon as we can.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times