New development to give boost to Ancholme River users and clubs in Brigg

Grasby Scouts canoeing on the Ancholme this month where the next phase in new riverside facilities is set to take place.
Grasby Scouts canoeing on the Ancholme this month where the next phase in new riverside facilities is set to take place.
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Major leisure developments on the banks of the New River Ancholme look set to provide great opportunities for those who love water sports.

The new bank side development will include fishing pegs, a canoe jetty, fish tower, a slalom canoe and canoe polo pitches with permanent facility wires stretching across the river.

Martin Heywood of the Glanford and Scunthorpe Canoe Club said: “We only have a tiny jetty at the moment. A lot of vegetation will be cleared from the bank.

“We hope to start the work in 2014 and continue through to summer of 2015 as a target. A new canoe slalom course will be of great use.”

The permanent poles and wires will serve a dual purpose in that they can also be used as a canoe polo pitch. The club’s two polo teams have had a fantastic season, with one being promoted to division 1 of the Yorkshire League and one to division 3 of the National North League.

Mr Heywood added: “Having our own pitch adjacent to our boathouse would enable us to train more frequently, and more importantly, introduce new young people to the sport.

“We could even host regional tournaments which would only be good for Brigg as a whole.”

The current proposals would increase the length of the jetty and also control the weeds in the launch vicinity.

The extended developments will stretch from the new canoe storage facility down to the A18 road bridge and will be on both banks.