Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum
TAC Members-Only Forum
If you have arrived here and not yet signed up as a member, then please first join at http://forum.rivertac.org/register using your real name.

Forum Membership is with Real Names only.
Please create a Username that is your First Name and Surname eg. "Joe Bloggs"
(This will save our Admin team the need to contact you about changing it)

http://rivertac.org/membership


Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum
 
HomeHome  TAC Home PageTAC Home Page  SearchSearch  FAQFAQ  RegisterRegister  Log in  
Navigation
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 
Rechercher Advanced Search
Latest topics
» Roads closed everywhere ~ July 29th/30th ~ bike race
Today at 9:17 am by Ed Randall

» Eel Trap Results 2017
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:36 pm by patrick barker

» Better access to free Thames fishing in Reading
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:08 am by Ed Randall

» Eel screens on Water Works intakes
Tue May 23, 2017 10:26 pm by Julian Jones

» River Thames Conditions - Quick Dial Numbers
Sun May 21, 2017 10:00 am by Ed Randall

» Ap[ril showers? If only! Drought beckons...
Thu May 04, 2017 6:56 pm by Ed Randall

» Abbey river this Saturday (12/5/2012)
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:41 pm by Ed Randall

» Molesey Eel Monitoring Training ~ 29th April 2017
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:12 am by David Harvey

» Thames Water fined a record £20m for River Thames pollution
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:54 pm by Stephen Bond

» Crane Riverfly Training ~ May 6th 2017
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:08 am by Ed Randall

» TAC visit to Tideway Tunnel Exhibition in Parliament
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:32 am by John LeSurf

» "Citizen Crane" project - sampling dates
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:24 pm by Ed Randall

» Egham & Stains bankside enhancement followed by brewery trip
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:27 pm by Ed Randall

» SE Rivers Trust needs help on Hogsmill
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:23 pm by Ed Randall

» Crane volunteering opportunities
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:38 pm by Ed Randall

» Seal (with enormous fish) in Thames near Richmond Lock
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:34 am by Ed Randall

» [Petition] to eradicate size and catch limits for pike to be taken and culled
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:27 am by Ed Randall

» *Thames Tunnel (Tideway Tunnel)*
Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:42 pm by Ed Randall

» reels for sale
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:51 am by JeffHowe

» A new address for 2017 ~ forum.rivertac.org
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:06 am by Admin

» New users - Registration issues
Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:47 am by Ed Randall

» Shepperton river death - Van removed near Dockett Eddy Lane
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:54 am by Ed Randall

» EA Pollution incidents: 2015 evidence summary
Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:04 am by David Harvey

» Ham & Petersham cleanup Saturday 19th Nov
Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:01 pm by Ed Randall

» LIVE THAMES TEMPS AND CLARITY - TAC exclusive!
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:51 pm by Stephen Bond

» Citizen Crane Forum at ZSL - Mon 14th Nov 2016
Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:36 am by Ed Randall

» fishing trolleys
Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:23 am by Harry Notley

» Draw off 2016
Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:24 pm by Ed Randall

» Exciting new Smelt Project - call for volunteers!
Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:22 pm by Ed Randall

» Garlic spam
Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:51 pm by David Harvey

Angling Data View
River Levels
UK Map

Thames Tides

Share | 
 

 EA pays up after flood works damage fishery

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
David Harvey

avatar

Male Posts : 5369
Join date : 2010-01-21
Age : 102
Location : Surrey,

PostSubject: EA pays up after flood works damage fishery   Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:38 am

Fish Legal has secured more than £8,500 in compensation for its member Ripon Angling Club (RAC). This was due to damage caused by poorly-managed flood protection works by the Environment Agency (EA) on the River Skell near Ripon in North Yorkshire.

The EA is supposed to notify in advance anyone who may be affected by this kind of scheme, but neither RAC nor its landlord was notified. What then followed was a saga of delay and apparent incompetence.

Work began in March 2010 and was supposed to finish by October 2010. The completion deadline was extended several times and the project significantly overran, blocking off access to key parts of their fishery, and disturbing spawning over two seasons. Work did not finish until October 2012, meaning it took over four times longer than planned, by which time serious problems (in some cases permanent) had been caused for the fishery.

Parts of the river were run dry and diverted through pipes during the lengthy work which was an eyesore, as well as being intrusive to the club's fishing. Despite time extensions and delays, the EA has recently indicated that parts of the original scheme will require further remedial work, including correcting a design flaw. RAC conservatively estimates that it may take 6 years for the river to get back to something like its 'pre flood work' condition.

A clean-up to remove debris left in the river by EA contractors during work is still not finished despite being part of the settlement agreement reached with Fish Legal. The workers left what the club described as a "building site" in the river.

RAC leases fishing on the Skell mainly for trout and grayling but also some coarse fishing. It is a wild fishery operating a catch and release policy.
Wild salmon returned to the Skell in 2009 and were seen spawning and leaping the Alma Weir, close to the Water Rat pub in Ripon. The weir and its weir pool have both disappeared as a result of the scheme. Key bank side habitat was also lost.

RAC is pleased that Fish Legal has settled the claim for a little over £8,500 plus clean-up work, plus costs in an amount to be determined.

Roger Trees, Ripon Angling Club Secretary, said: "I have fished the Skell since the age of 5 and caught my first fish in the river. The works caused great disruption with no access to two lengths of river and silt and dirty water making fishing impossible downstream. The work took much longer than necessary and scant regard appeared to be paid to environmental impact. Part of the work appeared to have no flood alleviation purpose and was just landscaping! Without the help of Fish Legal, we would definitely have made no progress with our claim."

Cameron Hogg, Fish Legal solicitor, said: "This was a hugely intrusive scheme which took 2 years and 7 months from its scheduled start date to complete, rather than the 7 months which the EA said it would take. Some disruption was inevitable, but it should not have been nearly as bad as it was and the EA still has more work to do. Fish Legal is pleased to have secured compensation, but our member would rather have gone without the interference and delays. Other Fish Legal member clubs should note that if they experience similar problems, they should be entitled to statutory compensation. We can help them to make a claim which will hopefully make good at least some of the damage suffered."

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal said: "We hope that our legal action has taught the Environment Agency a lesson that they must consult angling clubs before work starts and that work must be carried out with greater care to avoid damage to the environment. The whole organisation is under a statutory duty to maintain, improve and develop fisheries; in this case it has ignored, damaged and destroyed fisheries."
Back to top Go down
http://Rivertac.org
 
EA pays up after flood works damage fishery
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Big Pike at Gailey Trout Fishery.
» FISH DAMAGE
» Brisbane Majestic vanner flood update
» Malaysian police allowing brutal public to assault a civilian and damage his car
» blow-up dolls were not recognised floatation devices

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum :: Open Section :: News Board :: Angling Trust-
Jump to: