Fishing lakes revamped thanks to grant funding

The de-cluttered riverside area in St Neots. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The de-cluttered riverside area in St Neots. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

An angling society in St Neots carried out a major clear up of the river and woods around its facilities, thanks to a grant from Mick George.

St Neots and District Fish Preservation and Angling Society completed clearance, restoration of access and platform installation works to a section of their owned river facilities.

The land adjacent to Coneygeare Court, situated between Eynesbury and St Neots, is both a popular walking route for members of the public and a place for angling club members to compete in fishing competitions.

After many years of neglect, the area had become overgrown which prevented the club from attracted participants and new members.

However, after a £10,000 grant from local construction business Mick George Ltd, the area has benefitted from the removal of shrubbery, foliage and larger obstacles. The de-cluttering work has allowed walkways to be opened up and the opportunity to add 11 fishing platforms.

Alison Currall, of St Neots and District Fish Preservation and Angling Society, said: “The funding from Mick George Ltd has allowed us to transform areas of land that have been unkempt for many years, providing idyllic surroundings for anglers, local communities, visitors and wildlife, to enjoy.”

The club said the changes already seemed to be paying dividends with “30 new members” already having joined.

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Jon Stump, finance director at Mick George Ltd, said: “This location is an attractive one to a diverse audience, so we’re pleased to have been involved in the upgrades. It is good to see that the angling group is already seeing participation grow, and I’m sure that will continue in the future.”

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