Leiston: Hayling’s Pond to close for ‘foreseeable future’ following death of up to 2,000 fish

Malcolm Briggs at Haylings Pond

Malcolm Briggs at Haylings Pond - Credit: Archant

THE sudden death of up to 2,000 fish in a Suffolk pond is thought to have been caused by an infection brought on by a change in temperature.

Last week it was revealed the Environment Agency (EA) were helping investigate after the lifeless fish were spotted floating on the surface of Haylings Pond, in Leiston. It is estimated between 1,500 and 2,000 fish died. The pond is frequently used by young anglers and is supported by income from adults buying fishing permits. Malcolm Briggs, secretary of Leiston Youth and Community Angling Society (LYCAS), said the fish died from an infection caused by changes in temperature. He said the pond was now closed for the foreseeable future and people should not fish there. It was hoped it might reopen in time for the start of the angling season on June 1.

Mr Briggs said: “Though the pond will be closed we will still be selling permits for the 2013/14 season as we have been offered the use of the Lilly Lake at Chapel Barn Fisheries, between Aldringham and Aldeburgh, so that we can continue the matches for juniors as per the permit book.

“Also, the owners of Chapel Barn have said permit holders can use their waters for general fishing at a concessionary rate of £1 on Lilly Lake and £2 on the match lake. We appreciate this is an extra cost having purchased a permit, but we need to raise as much money as possible as restocking alone is going to cost between £1,000 and £1,500.” Mr Briggs said the working parties held at Hayling’s Pond on a Wednesday at 6.30pm would now transfer to Chapel Barn and anyone able to lend a hand should get in touch.

“Besides restocking, the closure of Haylings Pond will give us time to make further improvements to the pond subject to us raising the necessary money,” he said. “If there are any organisations or companies that can assist or give us any advice on bank repairs then please contact me.”

Mr Briggs thanked the EA for its continued support, along with local county councillor Richard Smith and Saxmundham Angling Centre’s David Ward, who have both offered to help. He also said youngsters needing a lift to the new venue on match days should contact the club. If you are able to help call Mr Briggs on 01728 832788.