Two Penarth Labour councillors have reported apparent breaches of local by-laws by “fishermen” on and around Cardiff Barrage and Cardiff Bay.
The latest meeting of Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee has been shown photographs of fishermen allegedly “climbing over fencing” around the entrance to Cardiff Barrage. Committee member Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) declared that he had seen fishermen actually doing this.
Cllr Roberts produced photographs – which he had taken himself – of the fishermen climbing over the fencing of the barrage and showed this “photographic evidence” to the other members of the committee.
Assistant Harbourmaster Tim Gifford told members that this was “not a new problem” and that the “Police had been requested to remove these people”. The Bay Authorities did not have a “ permanent presence” at this location.
Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines), who chairs the Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee , told members that she had received reports of “ people fishing from John Batchelor Way” (the road in the Penarth Marina area which runs along the Cardiff Bay embankment).
Suggestions of potential enforcement action against the fishermen included Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and Fixed-Penalty Fines.
Parks and Harbour Authority manager Jon Maidment told committee members that “site assessments” were under review.
The committee heard that any information about individuals who had breached the bye-laws should be “shared with the police”.