I reported in late April of the partial collapse of the Wall on Benhall. We reported this to our landlords in the hope of a speedy and effective repair of the damage.
The Duchy of Cornwall have consulted everyone involved including the tenant farmer and Ross Angling Club. They have instructed a structural engineering company to undertake an investigation into the viability of repair who have in turn contacted the Environment Agency for their advice/opinion on repairing the structure which has stood there for many years.
It is clear from the advice of two things firstly that the Duchy will have to have a permit for any work that is undertaken. The cost of this would be dependant on the extent of any rebuild but more alarmingly the EA preferred option would be to remove the structure all together and regrade the bank and leave the waterside vegetation “to do its work”.
The Committee have yet to discuss this in any detail but we have responded to the Duchy in the interim with the view that we would not support the removal of the Wall. It is in fact the number one location and most productive catch for salmon on the Benhall beat and where Tom Rigby caught his 28lb fish in 2015 the largest salmon for years on Club waters.
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The coarse anglers in the Club regard it as the best location in high water providing a refuge for fish in high flow and a much needed refuge for fish fry. We believe the removal of the Wall would exacerbate erosion on the downstream inside edge of the bend and the farmer clearly is of the same opinion. We are awaiting further communication from the Duchy but will keep you informed via email or another post.
At the moment of course the fishery is closed because of current river conditions but getting upstream of the Wall is dangerous because of the collapse, the Club has got a stile on order which we will install as soon as possible to help members access the River upstream.