Perfect Platform for Darlington Anglers
New angling platforms at Redhall Community Pond in Darlington will provide a place for anglers of all ages and abilities to fish in safety.
The Environment Agency, in partnership with Darlington Borough Council, had the platforms installed at the request of local residents and members of the local youth club because access to the pond was limited by lack of pathways and unsafe, slippery banks. The new platforms are now linked to newly-laid pathways around the Redhall Pond, making it safe and accessible for anyone wanting to fish.
A special extra-large platform has also been built to allow young anglers to be accompanied and coached. This has been designed to allow pond-dipping and nature studies for local school children and residents alike.
The Environment Agency are pleased that Darlington Borough Council have embraced this joint initiative. Paul Frear, Environment Agency Fishery Officer, said:
“We are delighted that these new platforms will not only provide a safer environment in which to fish, but they will also encourage more people of all abilities to experience angling for the first time.
We’re also very pleased that Dave Munt from Get Hooked on Fishing will be on-site on the day with kids, doing some angler coaching.”
Local councillor Martin Landers said:
“Local interest in angling has rocketed since the ponds were installed; these new platforms and pathways will be a fantastic enhancement to the area and I know a number of young people who are eager to see that they are fully utilised."
Earlier this year the Environment Agency stocked the pond with rudd, roach, tench and crucian carp in anticipation, to provide a top quality fishery within an urban environment.
Rob George, Parks and Countryside Development Manager, for DBC added:
“The platforms really do look excellent. Attractive and robust, they add to the landscape as well as being good spaces for fishing.”
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