Sunday, June 25, 2017

NEW £6,500 RIVER ANCHOLME FACILITY LAUNCHED IN BRIGG



FROM KIRSTY WESTFIELD, NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL

North Lincolnshire Council and Ancholme River Trust have invested £6,500 to install a new rowing club platform in Brigg on the River Ancholme.
The platform will be used by rowers and canoeists from nearby clubs and support their range of activities on the river.
Both clubs work with the local community and have thriving youth training programmes, so the platform will open up more opportunities for them.
Last year many of the fishing platforms along the River Ancholme were upgraded in a joint initiative with the River Trust and Scunthorpe Amalgamated Anglers Club.
The work forms part of a series of works along the River Ancholme to improve the recreational facilities in the Ancholme Valley and adjacent villages.
Further developments are planned to increase the cycling provision and improve the landscape of Ancholme Valley Way through tree and hedge planting.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council and Chair of Ancholme River Trust, said: “We are working with all users of the River Ancholme to help them improve their facilities in a bid to make the river a major recreational destination. The River Ancholme has huge potential and we plan on taking full advantage of this.
“In addition we are working closely with landowners to support landscape improvements in the wider valley and will be launching a new landscape improvement grant jointly with the Woodland Trust very soon.
“These improvements complement the work being carried out on the Ancholme Valley Way, which means that not only rowers, swimmers and canoeist can enjoy the River Ancholme but walkers and cyclists can take in the stunning views."

PICTURED AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH: Brigg & Goole MP Andrew Percy MP with Brigg & Wolds Ward members Cllr Rob Waltham, Cllr Carl Sherwood and Cllr Nigel Sherwood, Jim Copson of Ancholme Rowing club and others. The platform is located on the river bank adjacent to the rear car park of the B&M store.

N.F. ADDS: Another welcome development for the river in Brigg and at an ideal time of the year. Regular followers of our blog may recall we photographed it a few weeks ago soon after construction.

5 comments:

Ken Harrison said...

Very Good....but still lacking a public slipway...a sloping incline... for folks to launch and retrieve their day boats..

Neil Stapleton said...

And half the time its submerged under water, they should have learn from all the fishing stages

Ken Harrison said...

Perhaps the composition of the local committee of the Riverside Users' Group team be increased to include Joe Public...
As far as I am aware, members presently represent existing clubs from Ancholme Rowing Club, thro' anglers to the Humber Yawl Club - a sailing club based at Barrow Haven.
There is no-one representing the needs of Joe P with his small trailable boat who wishes to explore the Ancholme for a day, or so.
There is no public slipway on the Ancholme, so potential individuals and family groups are going elsewhere to launch and retrieve their day-time boats.
I thought the notion was to increase river usage for recreational purposes - but practically, that seems OK for existing clubs, but some potential users are being ignored.
Ironically, some of the members of the Riverside Users Group didn't know what a slipway actually is!
A slipway is a simple slightly inclined concrete platform sloping towards the river from which trainable boats can be floated off and on a trailer.
Local dinghy sailing clubs have slipways on their lakes for that specific purpose.
Meanwhile, someone with a wish to float his small family boat boat on the Ancholme is severely restricted.
KH - Royal Yatching Association Sailing Coastal Skipper/Yatchmaster qualified.

Ken Harrison said...

Perhaps the composition of the local committee of the Riverside Users' Group team be increased to include Joe Public...
As far as I am aware, members presently represent existing clubs from Ancholme Rowing Club, thro' anglers to the Humber Yawl Club - a sailing club based at Barrow Haven.
There is no-one representing the needs of Joe P with his small trailable boat who wishes to explore the Ancholme for a day, or so.
There is no public slipway on the Ancholme, so potential individuals and family groups are going elsewhere to launch and retrieve their day-time boats.
I thought the notion was to increase river usage for recreational purposes - but practically, that seems OK for existing clubs, but some potential users are being ignored.
Ironically, some of the members of the Riverside Users Group didn't know what a slipway actually is!
A slipway is a simple slightly inclined concrete platform sloping towards the river from which trainable boats can be floated off and on a trailer.
Local dinghy sailing clubs have slipways on their lakes for that specific purpose.
Meanwhile, someone with a wish to float his small family boat boat on the Ancholme is severely restricted.
KH - Royal Yatching Association Sailing Coastal Skipper/Yatchmaster qualified.

Ken Harrison said...

True Neil....I'm not aware that it's a floating pontoon stage....at least, the launching stage at the ARC is stepped to take into account the fluctuations in the river's water levels.
Come on Cllr Rob MBE (congratulations)..your aim is to increase river usage for recreational purposes; you are omitting a potential new group of users thro' the lack of a simple amenity.