A KEEN angler claims it has become almost impossible to enjoy his hobby because of the “disgusting” state of overgrown riverbanks.
Alfred Searle, of Wayet Way, Pinchbeck, says he has enjoyed visiting the banks around Spalding for almost 40 years, but in recent years the grass and weeds have been allowed to grow so wild he can no longer get anywhere near the water.
He says he was injured a few years ago after getting tangled in brambles on one congested bank, and has called on those responsible for maintaining them to fulfil their duties.
Mr Wayet said: “The banks used to a lovely place to go for a walk but you can’t get on them.
“Why can’t the grass be cut to make the banks more accessible?
“If anyone claims the grass has been cut more than once this summer I’ll call them a liar.
“It is really annoying. I have been fishing for more than 35 years but these days the banks are a disgusting mess.
“If you are carrying a rod and other gear you can’t get on them
“Why should people pay for a rod licence when they can’t get anywhere to use it.”
Responsibility for cutting the grass on riverbanks falls to either the Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board, which looks after stretches such as the Vernatt’s Drain, or the Environment Agency, which looks after the tidal section of the River Welland.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “The maintenance of riverbanks falls to the landowner.
“We cut some riverbanks for flood defence purposes and have a yearly schedule of grass cutting and maintenance.
“The River Welland banks are cut approximately six times a year and have been cut recently.”