Hi, our village pond is home to many ducks , geese , occasional Heron, many small birds ( being surrounded on 3 sides by old trees and thick bramble and reed beds ) and I saw a Kingfisher a few months ago. The parish council have just decided to allow fishing by permit (never been done before and the pond has been present for over 150 years). Although the pond is large, and it is shallow ( only 1 to 2 feet ), there is only 1 bank of about 40 yards length where the public can access the waterside. The pc did not consult the villagers nor obtain any input from wildlife organisations. I am worried about the effect of fishing on the birds and wildlife, and would be grateful for any useful thoughts and data please.
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I'm not an angler/fisherman or whatever, and my first thoughts were, 2ft of water is shallow, and that won't be across the whole of the pond either. My garden pond isn't much different in depth, so I can't realistically see any fishing being a viable option.
My suggestion would be to obtain more info as to why this has gone ahead, the PC will keep records of their meetings, and that will be recorded as to why and what limitations there has been put in place, if any.
I can only guess, because it is by permit only, though I don't see how that will be policed, then the number of permits and duration may have some stipulations.
Ideally, you need to find out more, not just what is permitted, but also why
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Boz said:Thanks Mike. I just can’t see the logic of the decision, particularly as the pond has been a well known visitor attraction for villagers and visitors from 2 nearby towns to see the ducks , providing tranquil enjoyment ( especially for the elderly, young children and people with disability). The pc have just had 1 request re fishing, and have immediately approved a permit system. I was present at the pc meeting and allowed to speak as a member of the public (obviously stating the case against) but they decided 4-2.
I'm afraid many councillors live in a totally different world to us, likewise our politicians. We have a hair brained (and that's being too complimentary) proposal to mess around with the traffic flow, basically, close a main road off and put lots of traffic lights in, and the claim, to reduce vehicle pollution!
As most people are aware, continuous stop/start will increase air pollution from vehicles, but our councillors say it will reduce pollution!
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