Delight for anglers as mill dam opens as trout fishery

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LOCAL anglers landed a prize catch last week when Newtownabbey Borough Council opened up Mossley Dam as a trout fishery.

The ambitious scheme, which has been in the pipeline for several years, is a joint venture between the local authority and Threemilewater Conservation and Angling Association, with financial support from Biffaward.

With the council apparently not too keen on the idea when it was first mooted a decade ago, the ambitious plan might have been the one that got away. But after years of persistence and hard work, the angling club’s vision of turning the mill pond into a trout fishery has finally come to fruition.

The first anglers cast off at the Carnmoney Road North fishery last Wednesday (March 9) - a sight that delighted long-serving Threemilewater club Chairman, John Webster.

“We first approached the council ten years ago with this idea and it was a definite ‘no’ at that stage, but we got support from several of the councillors - Paul Girvan, Nigel Hamilton and Ken Robinson - and they pushed hard for it and were able to get the council on board.

“There’s been a lot of hard work and an unbelievable amount of meetings and red tape to deal with over the years, but it’s great to have got there in the end,” he told the Times.

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