Public to be banned from troublespot
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