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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-23-06

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Council lands control of Birkenhead Park fisheries

WIRRAL Council is to take on the management and patrolling of angling on Birkenhead Park's 2 fishing lakes this summer for the 1st time. The Council, which has previously worked for 30 years in partnership with the Association of Wirral Angling Clubs (AWAC) over the running of the popular fisheries in the park, will begin complete management of the lakes, on 1 July 2017. This follows the decision by AWAC to hand over its formal responsibilities for managing angling on the 2 lakes, back to the Council. After liaising closely with both AWAC and the Environment Agency, the Council will oversee the management and maintenance of the 2 lakes, as well the issuing of permits and day tickets to anglers.  The Council will also look to introduce improvements to both the lakes and the surrounding environment during the coming months.

Wirral Council's Birkenhead Park Manager Paul Davies said:- "All of the income we receive from anglers for using the facilities will be re-invested into the lakes and the surrounding environment to ensure it remains an outstanding facility for local people to use. This includes the regular restocking of the lakes, provision of good aeration facilities and increased maintenance of facilities such as fishing pegs and improvements to the surrounding banks and environment."

New permit prices will be introduced for using the lakes from 1 July 2017, which will be as follows:-

Adult Seasonal ticket:- ₤25.00
OAP Seasonal Ticket:- ₤15.00
Disabled Seasonal Ticket:- ₤15.00
Junior Seasonal Ticket, under 17:- ₤14.00

Bankside day tickets will also be available to buy, priced at ₤3.50 for an adult and ₤2.50 for a junior. These tickets and can also be used against the price of a seasonal ticket if redeemed within 1 month.  All anglers using the facilities are required to hold an Environment Agency rod licence which is available by visiting the government website.


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