Pub­lic to be banned from troublespot

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - STU­ART GREER

ABEAUTY spot is to be fenced off from the pub­lic to tackle anti so­cial be­hav­iour and drug tak­ing.

Knight’s Pool off Bank Street, Mac­cles­field, is a lake hold­ing dozens of carp and pike. It is used by mem­bers of Prince Al­bert An­gling Club.

But over the years the coun­cil has be­come aware of peo­ple go­ing to drink al­co­hol and take drugs at the iso­lated spot.

And af­ter com­plaints from res­i­dents and po­lice Cheshire East Coun­cil is propos­ing to fence off most of the lake for ex­clu­sive use for the fish­ing club, and cre­ate a new plat­form for the pub­lic to view the pool and wildlife.

The in­vest­ment has been wel­comed by coun­cil­lor Mick War­ren, who has been in­volved in dis­cus­sions with coun­cil of­fi­cers and the club.

Coun War­ren said: “The coun­cil is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the site by making it more se­cure in an at­tempt to re­duce the num­ber anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in­ci­dents at the lo­ca­tion. Of­fi­cers are also con­cerned that there is open ac­cess for young chil­dren the ma­jor­ity of the way around the pool with slip­pery mud paths that at some places are right next to the wa­ters edge, nat­u­rally they want to re­duce the risk of ac­ci­dents oc­cur­ring.

“The Prince Al­bert fish­ing club are cur­rently pay­ing for the fish­ing rights at the pond.

“They have seen dam­age caused to some of their fish­ing plat­forms (pegs) over re­cent years which they are cur­rently re­luc­tant to re­pair or re­place th­ese for fear of fur­ther dam­age.

“As cus­to­di­ans of the wa­ter it is im­por­tant for them to con­tinue us­ing the pool and by giv­ing the Prince Al­bert mem­bers sole ac­cess to cer­tain parts of the pool, the club will put some in­vest­ment into the fa­cil­i­ties for their mem­bers.

“The coun­cil have also pledged to make good the bank­ing at the bot­tom of the grassy bank that leads down to the wa­ter from Bank Street near the new houses and put in a per­ma­nent path with a duck feed­ing area next to the wa­ter, in­stead of the muddy track as it is now right up to the wa­ters edge.”

Andy Strick­land, sec­re­tary of the fish­ing club, said they had been meet­ing with res­i­dents, the po­lice and the coun­cil since last year.

“There was some ex­pec­ta­tion that the club would tackle, the drink­ing and drug tak­ing, but we’re not a po­lice force. We are happy to do our bit if ev­ery­one else is happy to do their bit.

“I am glad ev­ery­one is work­ing to­gether to sort out the site.”

●● Knight’s Pool, in Mac­cles­field, is to be fenced off to the pub­lic

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