London ‘super sewer’ welcomed by tackle trade
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The recreational fishing industry in the UK has welcomed the news that work will begin next year on a £4.2 billion ‘super sewer’ in London.
Angling groups and environmentalists have been at the forefront of the campaign to build the Thames Tideway Tunnel to tackle the issue of discharges of untreated sewage and ensure that the capital’s disposal system is fit for the 21st century.
The Tidal Thames is home to more than 120 species of fish, tens of thousands of which have perished in recent decades in periodic incidents, including the catastrophic 450,000-ton sewage overflow in June 2011 which affected west London and caused a major fish kill.
The Angling Trust, which represents the recreational fishing industry in England, has been working hard with local angling groups and environmentalists to press for the tunnel to be built as soon as possible. Its Chief Executive, Mark Lloyd has welcomed the news.
“Anglers have been at the forefront of the campaign for a cleaner river and an end to the fish kills that have blighted this great and improving tideway. As the national governing body for recreational fishing, the Angling Trust was proud to be a founder member of the Thames Tunnel Now coalition that pressed for the building of this much-needed ‘super sewer’ and we are delighted that it is finally going ahead.”