Plans to ban angling at one of the nation’s finest bream waters have been abandoned after officials bowed to pressure from thousands of fishermen.
Buckinghamshire’s Farlows Lakes is widely recognised as one of our best bagging venues, but sport looked set to be outlawed when plans for a multi-million pound marina were announced.
But thousands of distraught anglers instantly rallied together in an attempt to see the scheme abolished ¬ and they are now celebrating after officials announced the proposition had been withdrawn. By the end of the campaign, over 4,000 anglers had thrown their support behind the cause.
Venue bailiff Geoff Moyle has been credited as being the main driving force behind the successful crusade and told Angling Times: “It just goes to show what can be done when the angling community comes together. I think the developers saw the competition they faced and they didn’t fancy their chances. I’m delighted at what we’ve achieved and glad we can get back to enjoying the incredible sport which is on offer at Farlows.” With the heavy weight of doubt lingering over the future of Farlows, many anglers feared the worst, and venue regular Bob Jillians is delighted the uncertainty has been eradicated.
“It’s been a stressful time for us all, and I can’t explain how happy I am that Farlows has been saved. I’ve had over 450lb in one day there and I can’t think of a single venue in England that is capable of producing sport like that. “ Match anglers were facing the prospect of having to travel overseas to experience similar sport, and local ace Simon Todhunter admits it was a pleasant surprise when the good news filtered through.
“It’s the best water of its kind in the country by a mile. Where else can you catch 100lb of bream or tench in just five hours? When it mattered the most everyone grouped together and it has helped us save the venue.” Despite the withdrawal of the application, planning chiefs haven’t completely ruled out reinstating it in the future, and project agent Nick Taylor said: “We withdrew the application because there were a number of technical issues relating to noise and flooding that we need to look at. We are looking at our options, and there could be another application in the future once we have carefully considered every aspect.”