Friday, May 25, 2007

New war of words over Roswell Pits

The new owner of a famed pike and zander fishery in the Fens is in a legal stand-off over navigation rights to the water.

Jeremy Tyrrell wants to re-open disused moorings on Roswell Pits, on the outskirts of Ely, Cambs, to create a marina for narrowboats.

But Ely Sailing Club has threatened legal action, claiming their lease gives them sole navigation rights to the water.

Where this leaves anglers is anyone's guess. For while boat fishing is permitted on the water, there have been rows over access to the slipway and while powered craft will be able to access the pits from the nearby River Ouse, anglers are only permitted to fish from rowing boats by the controlling Ely Beet Club..