DISCUSSIONS between Chester City Council and Prince Albert Angling Society (PAAS) have improved access to fishing the River Dee for local anglers.
In April 2007 the city council granted a five year licence to PAAS for the fishing rights to most of the council owned stretches of river bank.
At Overleigh Area Committee meetings in September 2007 and March 2008, residents expressed concerns over the new arrangements. They felt the award of the licence prevented local anglers from fishing the River Dee because the society does not issue day tickets and there is a two year waiting list for adult membership.
In March this year the council met PAAS to discuss options that would improve access to the river and provide affordable fishing for local anglers.
The new arrangements, to be discussed at the next Overleigh Area committee in September propose:
Adult season tickets will be available each year for the duration of the current licence to March 2012 at £20 per season
An option to join PAAS from 2009/2010 without joining the current waiting list (applications will need to be submitted to PAAS)
Junior membership is £12 per annum to fish all PAAS waters
Adult season tickets will be available locally through the city council and can also be obtained directly from Prince Albert Angling Society http://www.paas.co.uk
Deputy Leader of the council, Councillor Stephen Mosley said : “These new proposals will mean that Chester residents will, once again, be able to fish on the Meadows and other stretches of the river owned by the city council.
“These new arrangements are coming about after a concerted campaign by the Overleigh Area Committee and the city council will be presenting the proposals to the next meeting of the Area Committee in September.”