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BW introduces London angling permits

A sign of things to come?

Boaters have long resented that anglers get their use of the canals for much less than the cost of a boat licence. Though anglers have to pay an annual rod licence, all of this income goes to the Environment Agency, none to British Waterways.

Now British Waterways, in the London area, is to ask anglers to pay. Today's announcement reads:

"From 1 April 2008 British Waterways will be asking anglers visiting its central London waterways to purchase an annual angling permit.  The permit will cost £20 for adults and £10 for juniors (under 16), pensioners (65 and over) and those registered disabled.

"Waterways where this new permit will apply include the Regent's Canal, Grand Union Paddington Arm (except Scrubs Lane to Ladbroke Grove Bridge), Grand Union Canal Main Line from Brentford Lock to Bridge 200 in Hayes, Limehouse Cut and Hertford Union Canal. Angling on other stretches is managed by a number of angling clubs.

"Louise Fishleigh, leisure development manager for British Waterways London, explains: 'Over 220,000 angling visits are made to our London waterways each year.  Mainly these visits are made formally through angling clubs but large stretches of our central London waterways are not leased to any clubs and so we are introducing this low-cost angling permit system to formalise angling in these areas.  Our patrol officers and waterway supervisors and operatives will act as bailiffs, checking permits.'"

Friday 15 February  | Richard Fairhurst  | 4.59pm, Friday 15 February 2008

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