£10,000 grants gives disabled access to town’s fishing lake

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Wheelchair bound anglers can now enjoy their past-time in Brackley thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Environment Agency.

The money paid for two new wheelchair friendly fishing platforms and 100 metres of improved access paths at St James Lake.

Angling licence fees also went into the improvements

The EA has worked for five years to improve the lake along with Brackley & District Angling Club and owners Brackley Town Council.

Town councillor Fiona Baker said they were pleased to support the enhancement of an important feature in the town and added: “Opportunities to improve disabled and family access, on any scale, are never easy but this project shows just what can be done with the right people involved.”

EA fisheries expert James Hooker said: “We were really proud to work with Brackley Angling Club and the town council to help make this happen.

“Angling is one of the few sports accessible to all – it is relatively cheap and is a great way for people and families to enjoy the outdoors.”

An open day on Saturday, August 31 will give residents the chance to see the improvements first hand after John Bailey of television’s Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing cuts the ribbon on the new platforms. There will also be lessons for those fishing for the first time and a competition for junior anglers.

Using money raised through rod licence income, the Environment Agency has also funded angling coaching qualifications, set up a professional coaching structure and opened up the club to more junior anglers.

Call 0844 800 5386 or visit www.environmentagency.gov.uk/rodlicence to find out more about rod licenses.