The background to the current suspension of fishing is that for the last five years the lease to the fishing has been held by a fishing club but that lease ran out on 01/04/10 and the club chose not to renew it.
It is fair to say that the rules of the club were not enforced towards the end of the lease and like most things the minority of fishermen certainly spoilt it for the rest.
There was catalogue of unsavoury behaviour by a minority of fishermen that had a substantial impact on the park and its visitors.
Clearly with no one to provide any rule enforcement the situation would only get worse and that the unsavoury activity did not put fishing in the best of light and did spoil the park for many visitors. The council took the decision and the Friends of Sandall Park (FoSP) supported a trial period without fishing to assess the options. Fortunately this action prompted a group of responsible local fishermen (the majority in fact) to form a fishing club to supervise the lake. FoSP facilitated the formation of this new group and arranged meetings with the council. The current position is that it has been agreed that fishing will return to the park in due course when the legal formalities have been completed.
We think this a good result for the park in general as well as fishing and fishermen in particular. Fishing in the short term will still not be allowed until the new lease is granted – a free for all without any rules is not an option.