A newly-formed angling club has all sorts of improvements lined up for Sneyd Reservoir and the surrounding area.
Supported by Walsall Council’s countryside services, the Mossley Angling Club and Community Friends aims to promote responsible angling at this valuable Bloxwich local nature reserve.
Members will sell angling tickets to local anglers, check anglers hold valid permits and work to improve the area by carrying out litter picks around the reservoir.
The group, which has been driven and supported by Councillor Fred Westley, has also been supported by the North Walsall Area Partnership which awarded it £500 to purchase public liability insurance and membership of the Angling Trust.
These funds also enabled the group to purchase a number of litter pickers and hoops to hold bin bags that members can use on their regular tidying sessions around the nature reserve.
Money from ticket sales will be re-invested into managing and improving the reservoir in Vernon Way.
Councillor Anthony Harris, Walsall Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “Fair play to the community-minded locals who have formed what I am sure is going to be a very effective group.
“All members of the community will benefit from its efforts to maintain and preserve an important local asset. I compliment all those involved in this project – well done.”
Councillor Fred Westley added: “I was approached by local residents to see if we could do anything to help with the clean-up of this site.
“It is a beautiful place but it can be blighted by anti-social behaviour. If local people are taking care of a local area we hope it will encourage local pride for the place.”
Donovan Bailey, area manager for North Walsall Area Partnership added: “We welcome residents who want to volunteer and get involved in activities in their local community. This is a perfect example of how this can be achieved.”