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CARP CHAT
Angling Trust Carp Championship Launches Soon!
The Angling Trust Carp Championships launches next week on Tuesday 24th April and will see aspiring
pairs battle it out for their cut of the
potential £7,000 prize pool. The competition has been designed to be the
best priced and most exciting
national pairs event, with carefully
selected matches at the following
venues:
Qualifiers (10hr matches)
• Clattercote Reservoir (30 pairs)
– Saturday 9th June
• Boddington Reservoir (30 pairs)
– Saturday 30th June
• Clattercote Reservoir (30 pairs)
– Sunday 8th July
• Clattercote Reservoir (30 pairs)
– Saturday 4th August
Final (24hr match)
Barston Lakes – Saturday 8th September (16 pairs)
Angling Trust Competitions Development Manager James Lewis commented:
“The concept of the competition
was to create a contest with a broad
appeal, I wanted to make an accessible carp contest with a low price
point which will hopefully encourage
more carpers into the competitive
scene.”
There will be two price points for
the competition (£100 for Angling
Trust Members and £130 Non-Members) with the following launches:
Round 1 – Angling Trust members –
Opens Tuesday 24th April at 10:30am.
Round 2 – Non Members – Opens
Tuesday 1st May at 10:30am. n
Angling Trust helps spare parking costs at Lee Valley
Anglers fishing the popular waters of
the Lee Valley Park in Essex have
been spared a large hike in the cost of
onsite parking thanks to interventions
by the Angling Trust and local MP
Charles Walker.
Lee Valley Park contains 27 gravel
pits and 21 different stretches of river
and flood relief channel and is famous
for producing specimen carp, bream
and tench along with huge chub, barbel and perch from the Lee.
Around half the fisheries are
licensed to various angling clubs and
syndicates with the remaining 15 run
directly by the park authority who
charge anglers both day tickets and
seasonal permits fees ranging from
£65 to £310, plus a key charge.
A proposed new parking scheme
aimed at all park users would have
seen anglers paying an additional £50
a y e a r f o r p a r k i n g a l o n e. T h i s
prompted protests from anglers who
felt that they were already making a
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contribution to the cost of maintaining secure car parks in their permit
fees. Broxbourne MP Charles Walker,
who is also chairman of the All Party
Parliamentary Group on Angling,
asked the Angling Trust to intervene
with the park authorities. Last week,
Lee Valley Park Chief Executive
Shaun Dawson wrote back to Angling
Trust Campaigns Chief Martin Salter
confirming that an annual permit
scheme is to be introduced with a
reduced £20 charge for anglers.
This was welcomed by Mr Salter
who said: “We became aware that a
number of anglers who use the Lee
Valley Park were concerned about the
proposed increase in parking charges
and we wrote to the Chief Executive
to press for some recognition for
anglers in the new parking structure.
We are glad that the Park Authorities
a n d t h e F i s h e r i e s Te a m h a v e
responded positively and that those
fishing the park will now be spared
the full cost of the hike in charges.”
Charles Walker MP added: “I want
to thank the Angling Trust for getting
involved and representing the interests of local anglers to help me to
secure a better deal for those fishing
the Lee Valley Park. The new parking
regime has rightfully recognised that
anglers were already paying to use
the park’s facilities through the cost
of their annual permit and should not
have to pay an excessive supplement
on top.”
The Angling Trust is the united
national representative body for all
angling in England and Wales. It is
united in a collaborative relationship
with Fish Legal, a separate membership association that uses the law to
protect fish stocks and the rights of its
members throughout the UK. Joint
membership packages with Fish
Legal are available for individuals,
clubs, fisheries, riparian owners and
other categories. n

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