Anglers in Derbyshire have been snared by over-zealous safety standards:
Thousands of fishermen come to Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire every year to fish for rainbow and brown trout.
However the local water board has banned fishing on the dam wall after a number of anglers sustained minor injuries slipping on the rocks. Anglers are also banned from most of the rest of the reservoir for fear back casting will snare a passer-by, although this has never happened in the forty years since the reservoir was built.
Anglers now fear that hundreds of other fishing spots near public walkways will be restricted around the country as health and safety officers protect against litigation if walkers are accidentally injured.
Forty years of accident free angling count for nothing while common sense and personal responsibility are ignored again.
But the bureaucrats aren’t really concerned about the risk to anglers or passers by because this ruling has far less to do with physical safety and a lot more to do with fear of legal liability.