Council hopes to reel in interest in fishing at Melton Country Park

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Melton Council is fishing around to see if they can find a partner to help deliver the sport in the country park.

Following a recent by-law change and council member support to fully consider some form of managed and or permitted fishing in the park, the authority is looking for a local society or angling group to take on the organisation, management and potential enforcement of permitted fishing in Melton Country Park.

Melton Times reader Sally Robinson took this photo at Melton Country Park in 2014 EMN-151109-173333001

Melton Times reader Sally Robinson took this photo at Melton Country Park in 2014 EMN-151109-173333001

A council spokesman said: “Both the British Angling Society and the Environment Agency have come forward and shown a keen interest in being involved, at least during the initial stages of a fishing project, offering their expertise and resources to help achieve angling in the park.

“While the benefits of recreational fishing are well understood by those of us that fish, the broader community can also benefit from understanding what recreational fishing can offer in terms of health, social, economic and environmental benefits.

“Fishing is one of the most accessible outdoor sports. Nearly anyone, no matter what age, income level or even fitness ability can easily participate and reap the benefits of the great outdoors.”

The spokesman added: “The council is keen to explore the potential to use fishing in a therapeutic way, by ensuring fishing in the park is accessible to people who are less able, challenged mentally or emotionally, or perhaps the long-term unemployed and local youths with time on their hands.

“Expressions of interest are now being sought by any group or organisation that would like the opportunity to propose how they might work with the council to achieve this.”

Any groups who would like to come forward with a proposal can email Amanda Hume at ahume@melton.gov.uk, Raman Selvon at rselvon@melton.gov.uk or call (01664) 502411 for more details.