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Parks recreational fishing resumes aligned with government guidelines and social distancing measures

Residents can resume recreational fishing at Wirral’s parks from Wednesday 10 June but are asked to adhere to social distancing guidance to protect their safety and that of others.

As the national lockdown starts to ease, the council is working to re-establish services that are permitted to reopen including the five approved fishing lakes in Wirral’s well-loved parks. The council’s priority is the safety of residents, both using the lake and in the wider local area, so measures are being put into place to protect this.

Residents are asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines and safety measures that have been introduced for recreational fishing:

  • Government social distancing guidelines allows angling to resume as long as they fish alone (or with members of their own household) only, and remain a minimum of 2m (6ft) from other visitors to parks
  • One angler per fishing peg around lakes to avoid close contact with others
  • Match or competition fishing is not permitted
  • Anglers must have an Environment Agency rod license
  • All litter/discarded fishing line must be taken away by anglers

Signs will be displayed at park sites to reinforce one peg fishing only to those using the approved parks fishing lakes which are at Birkenhead Park (lower park lake), Royden Park, Arrowe Park, Central Park and Captains Pit.

Cllr Julie McManus, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Wirral Council, says: “During this unprecedented time, many people across the borough are enjoying spending time outdoors to enjoy their hobbies. Recreational fishing is a hobby for many around Wirral and the council are keen to reinstate this so that parks fishing lakes can be enjoyed.

“It is vitally important, that whilst we resume a number of different activities, now that guidance allows, social distancing is still maintained to ensure that we protect the safety of ourselves and others.

“One peg fishing will be implemented at the approved park fishing lakes and I ask all residents to follow the safety measures in place. Please remember to take your litter home with you, and to wash or sanitise your hands frequently and avoid touching gates and railings or fences as much as possible.”

For further information, please visit wirral.gov.uk