2016 SAF AGM

Last night, Monday 25th a very productive SAF AGM closed at 10pm. We Thank Mike Cox Shrewsbury Council, for his attendance and informative additions to the agenda discussions held. Mal Kelly of T.A.A. who expressly requested to attend as guest: gave the room valuable additional information, we thank him for taking the trouble to attend.

The following has been an annual event for some time, however instead of the continued need for contact requirement with the contractor. The contracted dates have been put forward in one issue, to enable the contractor greater flexibility, to plan labour requirements.

2016 Schedule of Fisheries Works diary: 

Contractor awarded annual works: Save for item “two” as a one-off.

1… POOL pegs: March first week – standard review, repair, strim. Repeat strim July / August

2…Monkmoor Re-furb: COMPLETE PRIOR TO END OF MAY – Contractor, to clean up the existing pegs and repair, where necessary. If found to beyond repair to eliminate totally.  Create units scaffold base pans and fix, where applicable. Review bank after initially fitting scaffold base, consideration of optional, addition of fishing ladder where it may fit “made to measure”. Where this is not possible, fall back onto timber with stone steps.

2(a).As stated due to activities of Severn Trent Water land sale, general ground care requirements, in the short term have changed. At this stage uncertain, however, a lot may or may not take place between now and June 16th.

3…Rea Brook: May and repeat August Strim out, sections, top and bottom of holes-bends-pools from below Golf Course downstream.

4…River Pegs: Complete before June 10th, standard review, repair and set up all RIVER pegs.

5…Emstrey below farm: Strim out, previous weed killer applied and identified swims, during June.

6…Quarry & County: Complete last two weeks September, standard review, repair and set up all Quarry & County ground pegs for competition season.


Contracted Landscape Company: River and pool…Spring weed kill annually.



From the 20th April 2016, the following restrictions will apply until further notice.
Severn Trent Water is now offering for sale in three lots of what is known as the river ground. Thus, no grazing will be experienced to the entire site including council-owned. The by-product of grazing was that of keeping the grass down so you must expect overgrown conditions.

If the boundary line of council-owned / STW land was fenced then, grazing could take place. However, the hope is that council may be offered the first option to purchase, in which case any fencing would become void and total loss. Thus, no fencing will take place, at this time.

If the land plots sell, the sale has been engineered in that the new owner will be responsible for the fencing of the plot purchased. My fear is that even when all of any fencing is complete, grazing still becomes an issue. A typical example would be a herd under the first bridge, in fact, entire length section (A) a dog walker walking downstream and an angler walking upstream and the cattle in the middle, with nowhere to go? Section (C) may still graze with new fencing creating a new field in effect. Sections, (A & B) will no doubt become overgrown on field and bank.

Within the sale offer and while the term of sale is current, to sell. Individual elements arise:

1….Car Park will continue but only on a temporary basis, for SAF/SAMC permit holders. Access over the stile of the car park will NOT be available. Access to the fishery will be via the car park gate only into the council-owned land. The eventual worst case scenario will be the creation of a new car park under the bridge.

2….Parking in the lane no longer is availed, and walking access across STW owned land to join Kingfisher walk and fishery will be treated as trespass, with no right of access, so much for the new stiles, perfect timing.

3…Upkeep of the Monkmoor Lane, previously the domain of SAF/SAMC, via the council, will now revert to STW on a temporary basis. Once the sales of the land plots complete, then the new owners will become responsible (in part) for the upkeep of the lane.

SAF, thus state no right of pedestrian or vehicular access on STW owned land. No insurance cover for any angler found in trespass or in any physical position outside the confines of this announcement. Access primaries are Riverdale Road, Lane cattle grid, and Coseley Avenue. STW will no doubt shortly be attending matters relating to Public Access gates and walkways, this is not the domain or interest of SAF.