Future of Yateley Lakes secured by fishing clubBy Laura Nightingale
January 18, 2013
THE Yateley Lakes Complex, considered one of the most famous fisheries in the country, has been saved thanks to a fishing club in Farnham.
Last spring anglers were urged to work together to find a buyer for the carp-filled site after owners CEMEX UK put it on the market.
In a bid to preserve the 15 lakes, resident and businessman Ross McGill set up Yateley Lakes Limited to raise an ambitious £2.5 million to buy the complex.
However, it has now been announced that Farnham Angling Society (FAS) purchased eight of the famous lakes and a stretch of the River Blackwater.
Richard Cane, chairman of the society, said: “We intend to develop the fisheries over time, to improve accessibility whilst maintaining the natural feel of the waters and to bring them to a standard that FAS is known for – providing first class fishing for all.”
Although unsuccessful in the initial round of bidding for the other CEMEX angling venues, and with some of them being closed to anglers entirely or being acquired by private syndicates, FAS remained diligent in ensuring it retained the financial ability to secure the future of the complex.
With this purchase, Farnham Angling Society has increased its venue portfolio of which members can fish, from 21 to 29 including historic waters such as Tarn Pond, Frensham Great Pond and Frensham Little Pond.
The remaining lakes were purchased by two individuals, Nick Leech and Martin Garden, but the price each buyer paid has not been disclosed.
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