I hope this email finds you well. Members of the committee have been in conversation throughout the day following a lot of speculation around angling in Wales and it is something that is ever evolving.Following the advice from the Welsh Government, Local AM and Angling Cymru we as an association have decided that angling on MTAA water (All Rivers, Top and Middle Ponds) will be re-opened with immediate effect with the exception of Cyfarthfa Lake, as the park is still closed. We are seeking confirmation on the Reservoirs at Tal-y-bont, Ponsticill, Dolygaer and Cantref as these waters are owned by Welsh Water and we are still waiting to hear from them and as such they remain closed.
This statement does not however allow members to break the Welsh Government Covid-19 guidance which states that exercise must be carried out locally. Social Distancing must be abided and as such members are asked to respect that only one person is to be using a peg at any one time on the top and middle ponds. In the interest of your own and others safety where using gates please ensure you wash your hands or use hand sanitiser to prevent potential spread of the virus
Common sense needs to be applied well, you must not travel outside of your locality and where you can combine activities such as shopping, well being and exercise. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, and would like to thank you for your patience and support during the lock down.
The key thing to making this work is abiding by the government rules- Remember you can still be prosecuted for travelling outside of the local area to exercise and any do not congregate in large numbers on our water as this could result in the Welsh Government withdrawing angling as an acceptable form of exercise.
Finally there has been significant incidents with regards to poaching on our waters during the lock down – The Directors would like to thank the Bailiff team for the excellent work in policing the waters during the last few weeks and would encourage any members to get in touch with the club or police via 101 to report any suspicious activity on our waters.
As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate in getting touch with myself
Club Secretary sent on behalf of the committee