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Council admits error and
revokes planning
permission for
hydroscheme on Trent
Newark and Sherwood District Council has
admitted that it got the law wrong in granting planning permission for a hydropower
scheme on the Trent at Cromwell weir without following European Rules on assessing
impact on the environment. It has now
agreed to revoke its decision following
receipt of a “pre-action” Judicial Review letter from Fish Legal acting for the Collingham
Angling Association. n
No subsidy for Swansea
Bay tidal lagoon
The UK government has decided not to provide financial support for the proposed
Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Fish Legal and
the Angling Trust have been challenging the
economic and environmental evidence in
support of the lagoon for over five years and
claimed the scheme would risk serious harm
to marine and migratory fish populations and
other aquatic wildlife. n
Caerphilly Council told to
‘pay up’ for fish losses
Fish Legal has sent a letter before action to Caerphilly Council claiming for the
losses suffered by Rhymney & District Angling Society as a result of a lake being
drained. Council contractors began silt removal works by opening an outlet
valve at Deri Lake, Parc Cwm Darran, completely draining the lake without placing any protection to prevent fish escaping or warning the club or National
Resources Wales that this was going to happen. Expert evidence has been put
to the Council to show that the club lost 90% of their fish stocks. n
Banks on the Nidd restored
The Nidderdale Angling Club are pleased to have settled their dispute with a
farmer who caused damage to sections of bank on the Nidd by crossing the river
with heavy farm machinery. In September 2017, contractors working for the
farmer drove a forager across the river, but the vehicle became stuck in the
riverbed gravels and had to be pulled out, causing further damage to the riverbed
and banks. After a bankside meeting with the club, Fish Legal’s lawyer, Justin
Neal, the farmer and his representatives, the farmer agreed to reinstate the banks
and replant with wild grass.
Non-Exec Vacancies
Fish Legal is seeking to appoint three new Non-Executive Directors to steer the
organisation through
the next stage of
expansion and development. Candidates
are likely to have experience at board or senior executive level in
similar-sized organisations and be keenly
interested in issues
affecting the water
environment and
angling. n
Not yet a member?
Join the Angling Trust today for £29 and get
a Fishing Megastore voucher worth £29!
The Angling Trust has a great offer for new members - join today and we’ll give you a £29
voucher to spend at Fishing Megastore, the online tackle and clothing store of Glasgow
Angling Centre. The offer is available to all adult and senior citizen members of the
Angling Trust and Fish Legal who make an annual subscription payment and who have
not held a valid membership in the past two years. Remember, by becoming a member
you help fund our work to promote angling and its future, to fight for better fish stocks in
marine and freshwater environments and to campaign against threats to angling.


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