New trust will breathe new life into River Ancholme

The River Ancholme at Brigg town centre
The River Ancholme at Brigg town centre

One of the area’s major waterways could see improvements with the launch of a new charitable trust.

North Lincolnshire and Brigg Town Councillor Rob Waltham is chairman of the newly formed Ancholme River Charitable Trust, which will manage the River Ancholme.

Speaking to the Market Rasen Mail and also the winter meeting of the Ancholme Users Group, Coun Waltham said the new status would “breathe life” into the whole length of the river, from its source beyond Brandy Wharf, through Brigg and up to its entry into the Humber.

“The main advantage is that the Ancholme River Trust is a charity and we are able to apply for funds from different sources,” he said.

“However, there will still be funding through the Environment Agency and an involvement by North Lincolnshire Council.”

The group decided to apply for trust status in the summer so grant funding would be more easily accessible.

The sub committee, working with Environment Agency Team Leader for Waterways Partnerships and Enforcement, Candy Reed, has come up with a list of potential projects, including mooring repairs for Glanford Boat Club, improvement of toilet and sanitary facilities in Brigg and new visitor moorings in the town centre.

A water taxi could also be introduced, while another proposal is for fishing platform improvements for the disabled on the river bank.

But it is not just the immediate Brigg area that could see developments.

Improvements at the South Ferriby lock gate area for extended visitor moorings are also planned, together with improved security and canoe portage facilities.

Volunteers will play a greater role in riverside management, in a similar way to ‘In Bloom’ groups.