***Update 29th December 2017***
Whilst some initial remedial works have been scheduled to install new gates, repair the car park & create hard pathways around both the new clay banks on the Wilderness & Road Lakes, due to the recent heavy rainfall, which is expected to continue for the next few days, it has not been possible to undertake any meaningful works as yet. Members are requested to avoid walking across the new clay banks on both lakes, meaning access to swims will require walking around the lakes, e.g. accessing pegs 18 – 23 on the Wilderness and 46 – 49 on the Road Lake.
With regards to the wooden bridge leading from the bottom of the car park and adjacent to the top of peg No.6, the surface of the bridge is especially slippery. We are in course of sourcing some non-slip surfacing to apply to the wooden bridge, but until this has been obtained & installed Members are requested to take care when crossing the bridge to avoid accidents.
Many thanks & have a good New Year
Little Rowfant Lakes – works undertaken on the two bridges
Members are advised that major remedial works have been undertaken on the two bridges at Little Rowfant – the bridge swim on the Road Lake & the bridge leading across to the right-hand side of the Wilderness Lake. Both bridges had become unsafe & were in need of significant repair. The Committee were able to secure permanent solutions to both bridges, & members will note the clay banks which have been constructed in replacement of both bridges. These will also allow access around the lakes for machinery to undertake further works as required without the need to gain access to neighbouring land. These works were undertaken on very cost advantageous terms with the contractor used, albeit we had little notice of commencement of the works, hence this retrospective notice. The Committee have not closed the lakes or the car park, but clearly the car park has been damaged by the heavy machinery used to complete the works. Remedial works will be undertaken shortly to fully repair the car park & other areas, but in the meantime members are advised to use the car park at Little Rowfant carefully & keep away from the softest areas.
These works are part of a wider schedule of works which are planned by the Committee to improve the fishery, one of course we now own outright. A further update will be provided in the General Secretary’s newsletter which will accompany the circulation of the forthcoming AGM papers.
Members may be aware of the serious fire incident which was reported during the early hours of Monday 26th June at Rowfant Business Park, opposite Little Rowfant Lakes. Having visited the site, I am pleased to report that Little Rowfant Lakes appear to have not been affected by the fire, neither the fuel which burnt or the water / foam used by the Fire Service to extinguish the blaze. In doing so, the Fire Service drew water from the Road Lake to supplement its supplies, which has resulted in the water level reduced by 6 inches – the rains of today & forecast will hopefully soon replenish the level in the lake to normal. The EA who were in attendance throughout the incident have checked our lakes & advised that the saturated oxygen level remains high, so we do not envisage any ill effects from the emergency water extraction. The Fire Service had to cut the padlock chain to the gate to access the Road lake which will be repaired shortly.
The Committee have decided not to close Little Rowfant Lakes, but we would request that if any Members notice any fish deaths / in distress, please contact a Society official immediately. The Committee will be monitoring the lakes on a regular basis, but with clearing up of the fire incident area still in course we would ask all Members to remain aware of the potential threat, & especially if heavy rains see a flood of water which could be contaminated flow down from Rowfant Business Park.
Members are reminded that Guest permits must be purchased in advance of fishing at a cost of £10 per Guest Permit per day. Guest Permits can be purchased from The Carp Shop, Horley Row, Horley, Surrey.
It has been brought to the attention of the Committee recently by more than one member that they have been troubled by a pair of Rottweiler dogs at both Little Rowfant lakes & Rowfant Mill Pond. One incident saw our member correctly report the incident to the Police. We are endeavouring to locate the owner(s) of these dogs, but in the meantime members are encouraged not to approach the dogs & to report any menacing incidents to the Police.
The Committee would like to remind all members to handle fish with care, including the use of unhooking mats for all Carp & larger fish. Incidents have been reported to the Committee of fish not being returned to the water promptly. Whilst the taking of photographs is acceptable, please ensure fish are kept out of the water for the minimum of time to avoid unnecessary stress which put fish stocks at risk.
Members are reminded that they must not park in the main Anchor Inn car park.
Anglers are requested to park in the overspill car park, which is the field immediately to the left of the Anchor Inn. Parking is in the area immediately to the left of the field entrance. The OAPS parking stickers, which were supplied with your membership card should be displayed at all times.
Thank you for your co-operation.
All members, please note that due to the proliferation of cray fish within Rowfant Mill Pond, we have contracted with someone to catch & remove cray fish from the lake. You will see a number of cray fish pots attached to ropes leading onto the bankside in swims around the lake. Your Committee will keep under regular review the estimated population of cray fish within the lake and the continuation of the pots to effect removal of unwanted cray fish.