Hamptons locals go fishing thanks to Thames Valley Housing

Local residents Richard Hines and David Kirby working on the lake at the Hamptons

Local residents Richard Hines and David Kirby working on the lake at the Hamptons

People living at the Hamptons in Worcester Park are set to get hooked on angling, thanks to Thames Valley Housing.

The Associations has donated £700 from its Community Chest fund to The Hamptons Wetland Syndicate, to turn two lakes at the Hamptons into a fishery.

Project Organiser, Gary Weaving, said, “I am really grateful to Thames Valley Housing for helping to make this project possible.”

“Local residents have been closely involved in the project from the start.  The head bailiff is local, and he, along with other residents, built the access ramp and platforms around the lakes.  Once they are up and running, the fisheries will be managed by a syndicate of local anglers, once they are up and running.

“It will be available for everyone in the area to enjoy, so that they can get involved with their neighbourhoods and feel part of their community.     The smaller of the two lakes is a teaching lake and local residents and school children will get the chance to learn to fish for free.”

The project won’t just benefit local people; the local ecology will benefit as well.

Gary said, “Developing the lakes in this way will enhance wildlife is the area and introduction of fish into the lakes will encourage more bird species.    Crime and vandalism will also be reduced thanks to the constant presence of people fishing.”

Tessa Bird, Community Investment Officer at TVH said, “This single project scores three different goals; a safer environment, an activity that encourages appreciation of the environment and the chance for residents to get to know each other through a shared hobby.  I am delighted we’ve been able to support it.”

The project is due to complete later this year and will be fully running in the spring of next year.

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Editors notes

Thames Valley Housing is a social housing association based in Twickenham, West London, delivering housing for a wide range of people who have many different needs.

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