• Anglers halt hydro scheme on Trent

    by  • November 21, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Fish Legal has halted a hydropower development on the river Trent at Sawley Weir, Nottingham. The victory by the organisation, part of the Angling Trust, is one of the biggest cases in its 64-year history. A judge ruled that  the Environment Agency failed to give proper consideration to angling when it granted an impoundment licence to a developer. The Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways), the charity set up to “promote recreational use of UK waterways”, was an investor in the development and tried to defend the scheme in court. Fish Legal was acting for its member club, the Pride of Derby & Derbyshire Angling Association. Mark Lloyd, the trust’s chief executive, said: “We hope that this case will send a clear signal to hydropower developers that they cannot plan or build hydropower turbines without getting permission from anglers first.” Full details here.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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