Mystery surrounds the future of one of the country’s leading commercial venues this week after it was announced that a secret buyer had snapped up the popular Makin’s complex.
The venue, which was valued at around £900,000, was purchased by the unknown party for an undisclosed fee just a few weeks after property agents Fenn Wright put it on the market.
As well as trying to work out the identity of the mystery buyer, anglers and Makin’s regulars have also been trying to get to the bottom of a host of rumours concerning the new owner’s future plans for the Wolvey, Warks-based venue, which boasts 18 lakes, offering more than 500 pegs spread over almost 60 acres of land.
Makin’s was put on the market after previous owners British Waterways declared that, financially-speaking, it was unable to take the site to the next level. According to sources, the anonymous new owner has already declared an intention to create better access to the waters, and it has also been suggested that a raft of much-needed new facilities, including a café and tackle shop, will be built.
Rumours regarding who now owns the keys to Makin’s have been rife, but those in the know are remaining tight-lipped.
Emma Jelley of Fenn Wright said: “The new owner is a keen local angler and is already active within the fisheries industry. The site is in good hands, and I know that there will be an initiative to attract junior anglers who he believes are the future of the sport.”
Steve Ringer is a regular at Makin’s and he believes that the change of ownership will benefit the fishery.
“I’ve heard that the owner is from Sheffield or Derby way, and I know people have seen him walking around the fishery, but his identity is a mystery.”