THREE fishing platforms, accessible to disabled anglers, have been constructed on a bank of the River Teme in Ludlow.

They have been funded by the Environment Agency and sit on land owned by the Ludlow charity body Dinham Millennium Green Trust.

“It is all thanks to the agency – and, of course, to vanished flood water – that we have, at last, tackled a project scheduled for January,” said Paul Nicholls, chairman of the trust.

“These platforms are sited in the trust-owned woodland below the Millennium Green and adjoining Dinham Bridge. Pathways are being sympathetically improved to allow for wheelchair access although anyone holding a rod licence is welcome to use the new facilities.”

Local Environment Agency fisheries officer, Peter Giles, hopes that the platforms will help to encourage tourists to the town.

“We know how much the Millennium Green has come to be appreciated, not least by visitors and we hope this development will further boost the local leisure and tourist economy,” he said.

“This work has cost around £19,000 and has all come from anglers’ rod licence sales. The platforms will provide safe access to some excellent fishing for dace, chub, grayling and trout.”