A number of local residents are asking why it was that during a period when Penarth Pier was crowded – and officially closed to anglers – members of Penarth Angling Club were taking part in a fishing competition there during what was one of the busiest weekends of the summer.
Fishing is supposed to be banned – by a local by-law – from taking place the pier throughout the summer months because of the large number of visitors and local residents on the boardwalk and the danger of them being hooked by accident.
On Sunday there were even more visitors on the Pier than usual watching the start of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday afternoon or visiting Picnic Penarth which was being staged at the same time to coincide with the start of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Despite the congestion, local anglers – belonging to Penarth Angling Club – had apparently managed to negotiate arrangements with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to fish in an angling competition from the Penarth Pier – despite the risks such activity involves for other people nearby.
It’s understood the fishing competition had been originally advertised as a “Beach Only” event – which would not have allowed anglers to use the Pier at all.
However, when it was realised that the fishing competition would coincide with high tide – and there would be little if any room left on the beach – the Penarth Angling Club is said to have negotiated a concession from the Vale Council to use the pier for fishing as well – despite the fact that hundreds of people were likely to be strolling along it in the course of what turned out to be a very busy afternoon.
Penarth Pier is now without an official piermaster to oversee the safety of people on the pIer following the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s decision last year to transfer well-known piermaster Peter Andrews to other duties.
There is now no piermaster on duty throughout the day – although the pier continues to be maintained and its toilets cleaned by a roster of council staff .
The Penarth Sea Anglers are said to be fully insured in the event of any untoward accident happening.