I asked the NFSA for a transcript of the Interview
BBC Radio 5 Live February 27 2006 at 4.55 pm
Angling ban on Blackpool piers
Interviewer (Peter) The owners of the pier say the ban is for health and safety reasons. Gerard Twigger is from the National Federation of Sea Anglers - whatís the problem with fishing off the pier, Gerard?
Gerard: We would like to know Peter. We are in a situation where we have written to Leisure Parcs who have so far not responded. We are being told by the clubs that they have been told there are health and safety issues but beyond that Leisure Parcs have not gone into it.
Peter: Smelly bits of bait, and hooks and stuff like that I suppose you might be a nuisance?
Gerard: Well only to ourselves probably. We obviously have a fairly strict code and I did check up this afternoon and Iím assured that they have been notified of no issues whatsoever, either club involved, regarding that sort of thing.
Peter: Trouble is that if youíre younger or indeed disabled or older, then getting a big caster off the beach is only for active really, it is much easier to fish off the edge of a pier.
Gerard: Thatís absolutely true, Peter. We are mainly concerned about the issues surrounding anyone with any form of infirmity due to disability or age. These platforms are in some cases the only access they have to this sport and they are being eroded all round the country at the moment.
Peter: We tried to speak to Leisure Parcs to see if they would give us a reason for the ban but they are unavailable.