owned by Systagenix formerly Johnson & Johnson
As I mentioned last night, I have had a meeting today with Neil Trudgill of the EA, Roy Banks of North Yorkshire County Council and a representative of Systagenix to discuss the possibility of the Trust leading a project to put a fish pass on the weir at Gargrave. The meeting went well and it was decided that the project could go ahead.
As the decision is such a big one, involving the launch of out first major project, I think the decision should be subject to approval by the Trust’s trustees. I would appreciate it if anyone has serious reservations that they could let me know. Likewise, an email from anyone in support would also be appreciated. We could wait until our next meeting to discuss this but as it isn’t until October, I think we should start the process before then.
The background to the proposal to put a fish pass on the weir is that it would open up a number of miles of river to brown trout, grayling and, in the future, migratory fish. Weir removal is not a possibility as Systagenix still use the weir to divert water to a dam for possible use by their (fire) sprinkler system. As we are currently being restricted on fish pass schemes due to proposed hydros, I think we ought to take this opportunity to commence a project, particularly as we have the support of the weir owner, the Council and the EA, and funds are available from the Rivers Trust for these kind of projects.
I look forward to hearing from you.
MarkP replied at 2011-08-26 08:14
Sounds like a really good opportunity and one which I would support.
If you need any help in developing the business case for funding then happy