The Campaign for the Leam and Avon Rivers
River Avon at Wasperton
picture Ryan Matteri
We attended the Stratford District Council Cabinet meeting on 11th February and it was decided that the Council will not support the navigation idea and we also understand that Warwick District Council have withdrawn support. A great victory for common sense, powered by the huge number of emails sent by anglers and supporters of Charlecote Mill which undoubtedly made councillors aware of the scale of the opposition to this unpopular idea. Lets hope that this kills off the scheme for the forseeable future.
As members may be aware, the spectre of opening the upper river Avon to wide beam boat traffic has once again raised its ugly head. The section concerned is from Alveston to Warwick. Obviously, this would have a detrimental effect on both Angling and the natural environment and many other river users would be unable to continue. Needless to say, Leamington Angling Association is at the forefront of objections to this idea, as we were back in 2004 when the idea was turned down by Warwickshire County Council after a two day public meeting. WCC concluded “the organisations that support the proposals are exclusively water related interest groups and bodies” i.e. boat hire, boat building & repair, marinas etc almost all from outside the local area.
On 14th January 2019, Stratford District Council Cabinet will be considering a report from consultants who have been evaluating the socio-economic benefits of opening up the upper Avon to boat traffic. Obviously, the huge number of boats wanting to visit Stratford, Charlecote Park and Warwick Castle would make the river impossible for many other river users including anglers.
How can members help? It is essential that everyone who is concerned about this proposed development makes their objection clear to as many Stratford District and Warwick District councillors as possible. Below are email addresses for you to copy and paste. If you would like them as an Outlook Distribution List for you to import into your emails, just let me know and I'll send it. email@example.com
Stratford District Council
Councillor Penny-Anne O`Donnell firstname.lastname@example.org
Warwick District Council