A new future for angling at Lee Valley Regional Park

We’re changing the way we manage some of our fishing venues to give anglers a better experience. After carrying out a review of the eight angling sites we directly run, we’ve decided that anglers will have more opportunities if these join our other 13 angling venues which are run by licensees, angling clubs, societies and consortia.

 

We’ve started to source organisations keen to run the following sites:

  • Stanstead Innings

  • Glen Faba

  • Nazeing Meads

  • Admirals Walk

  • Ashley

  • North Met Pit

  • Bowyers Water

  • Waltons Walk and Cornmill Stream

 

We're in the very early stages of this process and have instructed Fenn Wright to deal with this for us.  If you’re interested, please contact Fenn Wright directly via email at tjg@fennwright.co.uk in the first instance and they will reply to you as soon as they are able to.

 

To find out more, see Fenn Wright website and have a read of our FAQs below.

 

FAQs


What is happening to the angling venues looked after directly by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority?

We’re changing the way we manage some of our angling venues to give anglers a better experience. After carrying out a review of the eight angling sites we directly run, we’ve decided that anglers will have more opportunities if these join our other 13 angling venues which are run by licensees, angling clubs, societies and consortia.  

 

We feel that this is the best and most efficient way forward for the Authority while also ensuring that the angling opportunities offered remain accessible to people who currently use them and others who’d like to fish our waters.

Are you selling off all your angling venues?

No. We’re simply changing the way that we manage angling on our eight directly managed angling venues. We’re not selling any of our waters.

Why are you doing this?

We have been managing eight out of our 21 angling venues directly, the others have been run by licensees, clubs, societies and consortia. Like all similar bodies, we continually review how we operate to ensure the best experience and opportunities for our anglers while ensuring that everything we do is done efficiently and represents value for money. We’ve decided that providing our angling activities through one method – licensees, angling clubs, societies and consortia – is the most suitable and will provide better opportunities for angling. 

Will I have to pay more to fish?

Charges will be up to the new licensees to set. At this stage we do not know who will be taking on the licence agreements so cannot comment on any changes to fees that may be implemented in the future, however it is hoped that all pricing will be kept fairly similar to what it currently is. 

What is the timescale for this? 

We are currently in the early stages of the marketing of the affected fisheries, we hope to have the process completed and the new licensees in place some time in the summer. A more definitive date will be provided when it is known.

  

Aren’t you just cashing in on popular fishing venues?

Not at all. By following the route we are taking we feel that the fisheries will be able to remain open to anglers for years to come.

 

When will the new season commence?

We aim to have a seamless transition between the new season starting and the transfer to a new licensee. Further details will be sent to existing season permit holders, bailiffs and anglers on our current waiting list shortly.

I am a currently a member on a LVRPA directly managed fishery, how do I renew my season permit?

You’ll get contacted with all the details you need. All existing 2020/21 members will be contacted with all relevant details including any extension to the current season and full details of how to renew their permits for the upcoming season.  Additionally, once all the licensees are on board, you’ll see all their details at www.visitleevalley.org.uk/angling 


I am on a waiting list for a previously LVRPA directly managed fishery, how do I find out if I will be offered a season permit?

All anglers on the current 2020/21 waiting lists will be re-directed to and receive a letter and/or email with contact details of the licensee / club / consortia / organisation which will run the venue for the new season.  Additionally, once engaged each fishery/venue’s joining details will appear on our website.  Should the new licensee wish to take on the existing waiting lists then we will request your permission for us to forward your details onto them and they will contact you. We’ll do our best to ensure that the new licensees take in to account the existing waiting lists. 

 

I am on a waiting list will my name remain on there?

Again, you will be re-directed to and receive a letter and/or email with contact details of the licensee which will run the venue for the new season which will advise you about their procedures around joining or membership. Should the new licensee wish to take on the existing waiting lists then we will request your permission for us to forward your details onto them and they will contact you. We’ll do our best to ensure that the new licensees take in to account the existing waiting lists. 


I have a key for a LVRPA directly managed fishery and I shall join the new licensee, do I retain my key?

We don’t know this detail yet, full details of the process going forward will be shared with you.  

I have a key for a LVRPA directly managed fishery and I shall not be joining the new licensee, how can I return my existing key?

These will need to be returned to the us. Details of how to do this will be available during this process. 

 

How can I buy a permit?

Once we’ve completed this process, contact details of each venue’s new licensee will be posted at www.visitleevalley.org.uk/angling

 

Will the Anglers car parks be available?

All existing angling venues will continue with arrangements organised by the individual clubs as before. Details for the eight fisheries in this process will be worked through and shared with you.  

Will the Rules and Conditions change?

Like all angling organisations, the new licensee will have their own rules and conditions which you would need to abide by. 

 

What about the Bailiffs?
As the Authority will no longer directly manage angling, volunteer fisheries bailiffs will no longer be engaged directly by us, however, the incoming organisation is still likely to require these and will organise the recruitment of bailiffs directly. We’ll be in touch with all our bailiffs directly on this.

How can I Licence one of your venues?

We’ve appointed Fenn Wright to deal with this process and they’d be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Tom Good with any queries on tjg@fennwright.co.uk 

If you have any other questions, please mail fisheries@leevalleypark.org.uk and we’ll be more than happy to answer them for you