During the period 2010/2014 the Angling Association spent a great deal of time and effort attempting to improve the areas around our fisheries. A number of fisheries were in major need of investment as they had become untidy and in some cases unsafe.
The Angling Association in conjunction with the local authority were successful in securing a grant from WREN recycling for a grant in excess of £60,000 to improve the angling stations, bankside and islands and to de-silt areas of the lake that had become heavily silted. The Angling Association and the Local Authority were greatly appreciative to Wren for their support. The water has also been stocked by the Environment Agency with roach, tench, crucian carp and skimmers. Thanks to the Environment Agency. The pegs will be improved prior to the new 2019/20 season
FIR TREE FLASH
Many of the angling stations on the Fir Tree Flash had collapsed and become dangerous and the car park had become a fly tipping area. The Angling Association spent almost £5000 improving the angling stations but even with the support and assistance of the local authority the tipping on the car park continues to be an issue. The site has now been significantly improved and the nursing home adjacent to the car park has made the site much safer. The water has also been stocked with crucian carp, tench, roach and skimmers, some by t he Environment agency and some from the funds of the Associaton. The angling stations will be improved prior to the new 2019/20 season.
The quality of the angling stations used by the specimen anglers continued to improve and remains a credit to the Associaton and its committee.
BID TO SPORT ENGLAND FOR SUPPORT FOR A CABIN FOR JUNIOR ANGLERS AND THE BICKERSHAW SITE
The angling association in conjunction with the Local Authority made a bid to Sport England to provide a Centre of Excellence for junior anglers in the area which could also be used by visitors to the Bickershaw Country Park as a meeting point and information centre. Despite much effort on the part of all involved the bid proved unsuccessful.
As a result of the effort of the Angling Association the Association received the Chair’s Greenheart award in 2014