Jan 25 2013 By Zoe Drewett
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DETAILS of how wildlife will be protected during the construction of a new car park in Ruislip Lido have been released.
Planning permission was granted by Hillingdon Council for 150 spaces at the lido off Reservoir Road, Ruislip, last year. The project is part of the larger refurbishment project.
Members of the Friends of Ruislip Lido, as well as people living close by, have been concerned about the impact the car park would have on species known to live there, such as the great crested newt.
Environmental consultant agency TEP was commissioned by the council to update surveys and carry out an ecological assessment to support the car park application.
Its survey last spring confirmed a small population of the newts, plus smooth newts and common toads within 150m of the proposed car park.
Nesting birds, slow worm and grass snake populations were also found to live in areas surrounding the development site.
Great crested newts and their habitats are fully protected by law.
Bat surveys were also conducted but no evidence of roosting bats was found in trees around the site.
Measures to protect the wildlife in the lido will be taken before work begins.