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All Access Platform opening a great event…..

Disabled and Infirm anglers as well as able bodied anglers will now be able to fish and enjoy the dorset countryside in comfort and safety from a new purpose built fishing platform, constructed using re-cycled plastic at the Dorchester & District Angling Society’s Lake at Higher Kingcombe Farm, Nr Toller Porcorum.

The £6,300 facility which includes a disabled parking bay, a 2 way opening wheelchair friendly gate and easy access pathway with handrails to the dedicated platform was officially opened by Mr Jim Allan of the Environment Agency, Fisheries Dept, Blandford on 26th May.

In declaring the facility open, Jim said that he was delighted with the quality of the scheme and congratulated the Society on, following to the letter the requirements and platform specifications of the British Disabled Angling Society who had conducted an audit of the site in 2009 to guide the Society on location, design and specifications.

Following the official opening, Level 1 entry students from Weymouth with either learning or physical disabilities were invited to test the facility. They were soon catching plenty fish and 17yr old Student Michael Turner landed a few nice roach & a hard fighting 5lb common carp.

Society Secretary, Steve Sudworth said ‘We’ve been working hard over the past few months with Mr Paul Crocker who we lease the lake from. Terry Moseley president of the BDAA and local contractors Gladwish Groundworks Ltd, Travis Perkins Weymouth and John Aplin Riverworks Ltd, Dorchester.
We all pulled together to get the work done to everyone’s satisfaction but the great thing is, we can at last provide some decent fishing for Disabled and Infirm anglers who would like to join the Society.

Steve paid special tribute to the Fisheries team of the Environment Agency in Blandford, led by Mr Jim Allan for his professional advice, enthusiastic support and for the grant of £5,000 towards the cost of labour, materials, plant hire, the special access gate and the re-cycled plastic BDAA approved platform provided by Fletcher Contracting Ltd in Halifax.