Angling clubs are urged to save hundreds of fish-filled waters

ANGLING clubs across the UK are being urged to strike a deal with local councils to save hundreds of fish filled waters from neglect.
Falling membership numbers have blighted many of the country’s clubs, but in bid to reverse this trend, the Earl of Harrington’s AC has joined forces with Derby City Council to secure a low-cost lease for five new lakes, including Alvaston Park Lake and Mill Dam.
All the lakes have suffered from neglect in recent years but as part of the deal the club will give each one a much needed makeover before they re-open their doors to anglers.
A small percentage of any funds raised during the lease will be handed over to the council and club secretary, Dave Parr, believes that other clubs should work in a similar manner to get their hands on new waters. “The fishing has technically been free for a number of years as the park rangers who used to sell tickets are no longer present,” he said. “As a result the lakes are in desperate need of essential maintenance and repair work.
“I would definitely recommend that other clubs try and work in partnership with local councils to develop these community fisheries, as more often than not, councils will not have the resources or expertise to run them properly. It’s a win, win situation for all involved,” he added.
Derby City Councillor Martin Repton believes the partnership will benefit the whole community and he said: “The Earl of Harrington AC is a proactive, non-profit making outfit with a proven track record. We believe this type of agreement could become a blueprint for other clubs and authorities to work together to improve fishing.”