As previously stated, the club are undertaking major works at Hucklesbrook this autumn. We can now supply full details and outline the disruption that will take place.
Work will begin on rebuilding swims on Monday 13th September and is anticipated to last for three weeks. During this time, the old steps at the far end of the vehicle track will be replaced by a barrow-friendly path to help members access the water from this parking area. Preparations for the work will begin on Saturday 11th September so some disruption is expected from this date.
From Saturday 11th September the number of night tickets available will be reduced from 16 to 10 to allow for the swim closures in place.
Track and Parking
The back vehicle track and car park will be closed for the duration of the works. Some parts of the main car park will also be cordoned off to allow plant and material to be stored. Additional parking will be available in the overflow car park, just outside the inner perimeter fence.
The following closures are anticipated:
Stage One – swims 1-10 inclusive will be closed from 09:00 on Saturday 11th September. Access to all other parts of the lake will be from the main car park with no access past these swims
Stage Two – Swims 21-29 inclusive will be closed as soon as stage one is completed (expected to be around Saturday 18th). Again, there will be no access through this closed area. This work should last for around a week.
Stage Three – All swims from the point to the ‘day swim’ will be closed. Access will only be from the main car park on the road bank and not through this closed area. We anticipate this area being closed for around a week from around Saturday 25th.
Under no circumstances must any member enter a cordoned off area. Each swim is being built to unique specifications and the work has been over a year in the planning.
Stocking & Netting
In November the club have hired fishery consultants to net the lake to remove a large number of the smaller fish that have flourished in recent years, particularly the smaller silverfish present. These will be transported offsite and sold on through them. In addition, x30 C4 carp will be stocked along with x100 tench averaging 4lb to augment the good head of carp and tench present. By reducing the biomass in the water it is expected that the these two species, along with the perch and roach that have been recently caught to over 2lb, will have the ‘space’ they need to continue to grow and flourish.
The club is investing considerable sums from our cash reserves to make the lake as accessible, comfortable and productive as it can possibly be in the long-term. We are only able to do this due to the huge support and enthusiasm shown by our members, especially over the previous 18 months. We are all very excited about what we hope Hucklesbrook Lake will become and hope you all enjoy the improvements we are making for many years to come.