Go fishing in Pittville Park this summer

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Go fishing in Pittville Park this summer

Posted: 20/03/2009 17:20:38

Anglers are to benefit from new fishing platforms in Pittville Park’s lower lake this summer. Four new fishing platforms were fitted in the Cheltenham park during the closed season last year, and the finishing touches have been made to them this week.

Two specialist stations have also been installed on the north side of the lake for use by disabled anglers. These platforms have bound gravel paths with handrails and lead off the existing tarmac path around the lake.

Cllr Paul Massey, Cabinet member for sustainability, says: "Pittville Lake is one of the finest fishing locations in the whole of Gloucestershire. And the new platforms have been carefully positioned to give anglers and wildlife enthusiasts the best possible access to the lake edge."

Environment Agency fisheries officer, Sam Chapman, continues: "This is yet another example of the good work we can do with rod licence money. We are especially pleased to be involved in such an initiative in an urban environment where such facilities are particularly needed."

Fishing has been permitted in Pittville Park for as long as anyone can remember. Eels, dace, pike, roach, carp, bream and sardines can all be caught and have to be thrown back.

This is a joint initiative between Cheltenham Borough Council and the Environment Agency and cost approximately £8,000.

Note:
Open season runs from 15 June to 15 March.

Anglers are required to have a rod licence from the Environment Agency (EA) which can be obtained from the Post Office.

A council permit for fishing on the lake is also required at £6.20 for the season. Anglers then need to pay a small charge on the day - £3.60 for adults or £3.35 for OAPs and juniors. This can be arranged at the boat house or through a roaming water bailiff.

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