Exciting times for Trust to keep river flowing

The River Ancholme
The River Ancholme

We will have a more weed free and tidier river, because we can manage it locally - that is the message from members of the Ancholme River Trust,

The Trust was formed earlier this year and now say big things are planned for the river in 2014, as the ‘Ancholme Trust’ project will take over much of the management of the river from the Environment Agency.

Trust chairman Coun Rob Waltham promised to deliver better things for the river at the mid winter meeting of the 
Ancholme Users Group.

The benefits will be ‘local control’ and greater finance, according to Coun Waltham.

As previously reported, phase one of the project being developed by the Trust is focused on the creation of new canoe and angling facilities on the riverside by Ancholme Leisure Centre and the Cycle Path Project from the County Bridge to Castlethorpe Bridge.

Godfrey Thacker of the Brandy Wharf Marina was concerned one major problem, the nonexistence of town centre moorings, was still not being addressed.

“We could still be talking about this in two years time,” he told the meeting.

But Coun Waltham confirmed this is important and will be looked at.

“We have bid for a quarter of a million pounds of funding and this is the great advantage of the Trust,” he said.

“We can make bids and focus the money locally.”

Coun Waltham added the Trust could also ensure two weed cuts next year to aid leisure use on the rive after the Ancholme Rowing Club, Glanford Boat Club, Glanford Canoe Club and the District Angling Association all voiced concerns that only one cut was made this year.

And this cut had only been done in the autumn after the main recreational activity of the summer season had already ended.

Coun Waltham told members the Environment Agency had suffered funding cuts and under present policies the waterways authority makes consideration of weed cutting on flood prevention demands rather than on recreation requirements.

“Our plan as a Trust is to get money from whatever pot we can and get this river up to a high standard of management,” added Coun Waltham.