CEMEX Angling – First Potential Buyer in the Frame
A press release highlights that 'Legacy Angling' are looking to purchase all of the CEMEX waters currently on the market
The press statement:
The heritage, legacy and importance of the Cemex properties to the angling world is of the utmost importance to us.
The passion, devotion and love (let alone blood sweat and tears) that has been poured into all of the lakes by their members and especially their bailiffs over countless years is heritage which cannot be lost.
The whole ethos around the family of bailiffs, anglers, users and their families is unique to this set of waters and we feel this should be preserved.
We are just an ordinary couple; Graham is a bailiff on one of the waters with a passion for ‘his lake’. He has fished the same lake for over 20 years; when he says home he means the lake and not his house! Georgina simply loves the countryside and appreciates what a wonderful sport angling is. The habitat around the lakes has been kept so well by the bailiffs and anglers and this should be encouraged and improved on.
When we heard about the sale the thought that some faceless corporation would come in and buy it, make a ‘quick buck’ and sell it on for a profit after a couple of years without any particular interest in the lakes or the current members was abhorrent to us. Or worse, for the lakes to be lost to angling altogether!
On taking professional advice we found that it was possible we could actually raise the capital to purchase the whole portfolio. With this we can ensure the future of the lakes and keep the same people, the same rules and actually put the profits back into the lakes to improve them.
We want to work with the local members and bailiffs to find out what they actually want from their lake and work towards giving them this. Where everyone is happy with current arrangements (such as sailing etc.) then we are more than pleased to renew contracts to continue this usage of the waters. We are not promising the world, but sensible, achievable goals and friendly sympathetic management on the ground.
We understand that there is a lot of interest in these properties and know our chance of buying the whole portfolio is as good as anyone else’s; but we have to try. We would forever regret knowing this dream was possible and not attempting it.
We have already found much support from the bailiffs and anglers at many of the lakes; they agree that this is the management they want for their futures. This is one of the reasons we have created our website and various links from there for people to join us in support.
We hope that this expression of support will be great enough to tip the balance in our favour when it comes to bidding when the actual sale goes ahead.
Some of the local bailiffs and members have been trying to raise funds to purchase their local lakes; many of these have decided to join us both with their vocal support and their funds. We feel that the larger our backing on the ground then the more strength we can have to achieve the winning bid.
We really don’t know who else is interested in buying these waters and what aims they hope to achieve and this concerns us and the current bailiffs and members very much. But if there is anyone else out there who feels the same way we do and would like to ‘join forces’ rather than bid against each other for no reason then please get in contact with us. We would love to work together on this.
We are open to all possibilities and suggestions at this stage and are very willing to accept help from any quarter, not just support and financial investment but business skills, communications, PR etc.
If anyone would like to know more or help out in any way then please contact us.
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