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Annual Fishing Season Under Way at Town Council’s Waterways

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Angling enthusiasts can enjoy the best coarse fishing and cast a line on the Town Council’s during the annual fishing season, but must observe the latest social distancing guidelines when doing so.

Fishing is currently permitted on season at two Town Council managed sites: Hailsham Country Park lake (off Gleneagles Drive) and Hempstead Pond (adjacent to Tilehurst Wood). Both fishing areas are well-stocked with fish including carp, bream, roach, rudd, tench, perch and pike.

Water bailiffs will be present where possible to monitor and encourage social distancing, in order to protect the health and safety of the local community.

Karen Giddings, Environment & Planning Officer at Hailsham Town Council said, “For the keen fisherman, there isn’t a better place for fishing than the Hailsham Country Park lake. Besides enjoying the beauty of the surrounding areas, there’s an abundance of fish to catch and the nearby Hempstead Pond site provides anglers with a wide variety of species to target too.”

Town Clerk John Harrison commented: “Fishing can be undertaken safely while adhering to current social distancing guidelines. Nevertheless, I cannot emphasise enough the importance of fishing responsibly and safely in order to continue playing our own part in safeguarding ourselves and others from the coronavirus.”

Yearly season tickets are available (£40 adult; £25 senior citizens, disabled and children under 16 years).

If you wish to purchase a season ticket, please telephone Karen Giddings on 01323 841702 or send an email, leaving your contact details for a callback and to make a payment. Please note that only BACS/electronic transfer payments are being accepted for purchase of the fishing season permits at this time.

Weekly fishing permits can be obtained from MFC Supplies in Station Road (Monday to Saturday, 9am-5.30pm).

Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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