With nearly three miles of river bank under the control of the local council in Reading, the town has one of the largest sections of free fishing available on the middle reaches of the River Thames. However, various parking restrictions have made it difficult for anglers to access the river in recent years but it is hoped that a new Thames Angling Parking Scheme will see anglers returning to the Thames when the new river fishing season starts.
The access scheme, which was developed in conjunction with the former councillor and Reading West MP Martin Salter in his new role as Head of Campaigns for the Angling Trust - the national body for recreational fishing - will allow holders of an Environment Agency rod licence to apply for a restricted number of Thames Angling Parking Permits.
They will enable anglers displaying the special window sticker to park in a number of designated spots at Rivermead, Hills Meadow and Kings Meadow in order to access the river for fishing purposes only.
The permits cost £5 - half price for Angling Trust members and Your Reading Passport Holders - and go on sale this week from Thames Valley Angling at 258 Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading.