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No need for fishing permits

Anglers fishing from the riverbank in Mill Meadows, Henley, will not need to obtain permits.

Permits will not be needed for anglers fishing from the riverbank in Mill Meadows, Henley

Henley Town Council, which owns the land, has decided against the idea as it believes the problems it could cause outweigh the financial benefits.

Currently, anyone wanting to fish the Thames must apply to the Environment Agency for a rod licence that is valid for the fishing season from June to March. River bank owners can charge an additional fee for a day’s fishing, typically about £5.

Members of the council’s recreation and amenities committee heard that anglers needed a lot of space for their equipment which could obstruct the towpath.

Parks manager Gareth Bartle said the income from permits would not be “significant” and there could be conflict over collecting fees.

He said: “The status quo should be maintained. There is a small number of anglers who fish at Mill Meadows who tend to use the area when other usage is low and therefore there is rarely conflict.

“The Environment Agency advised that these users are helpful as they act as the ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground on river matters, such as injured birds or pollution.”
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