At its last few meetings the sub-group has considered the issues around fishing at St George Park Lake. This issue was also discussed at the June 2011 Partnership meeting.
Injuries to birds in the park caused by fishing line and other fishing litter has been raised at Neighbourhood Forum meetings as a priority to be addressed and concerns have also been raised about anti-social behaviour by some fishermen. In the AGSP consultation during 2010 ‘Ban fishing on the historic boating lake’ was considered to be important or very important by 66% of those who responded.
At the June 2011 Partnership meeting it was agreed that something needs to be done and that the current situation is unacceptable.
An officer from Bristol Parks Neighbourhood Engagement Team has produced a report looking at all the options and this was considered at the sub-group meeting on 13th October 2011. It was agreed that further information / clarification was required on some issues. An update report was given to the January meeting and the sub-group then held a further meeting on 16th February 2012 to agree a recomendation to the March 2012 Neighbourhood Partnership meeting which can be seen via the link below. The Neighbourhood Partnership unanimously supported this recomendation.
Report & Proposal agreed at 13 March 2012 Neighbourhood Partnership meeting
The report to the October 2011 meeting and the list of actions agreed can be seen here:
Report and agreed actions sub-group meeting 13 October 2011
One of the actions was to consult with anglers in the park, this was done through the Consultation pages of the BCC website and also through Bristol Parks talking directly to those using the lake. Only a small number of anglers were spoken to as part of the consultation but they gave some valuable feedback.
Friends of St George Park produced a response to the report and also reported an incident in October where a pigeon got caught in fishing line.
Friends of St George Park response to fishing report
Report on progress of cygnets – August 2012
Report on swan rescue 26 Jan 2012
Report on pigeon rescue October 2011
For an earlier meeting, members of the Friends of St George Park prepared a report on the issue of fishing that can be downloaded from the link below.
Report – adverse effects of angling in St George Park June 2011 (pdf 7Mb)
Friends of St George Park have also commissioned a report from Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (Consulting) Ltd into the ecological status of the lake with recommendations as to its further management which can be seen here:
Report – Recommendations for Ecological Enhancement June 2011