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Angling community project left without storage space

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

Big Yellow Self Storage , Eastern Avenue

Big Yellow Self Storage , Eastern Avenue

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A community project aimed at helping young people through angling is at a lose end.

Angling For Your Development is currently looking for a new storage unit for equipment after having to move from Big Yellow Storage in Eastern Avenue.

Dale Elias, 29, from Quedgeley, helps run the group which aims to engage young people through the sport, providing children within the local community with positive choices.

He said: “We stored our equipment in their storage for free over the past 12 months because they wanted to help us out because we were a youth project. We only paid for the insurance which cost us £120.

“But we got a letter from the manager to say we had to move it all last week because they needed the space.”

Equipment included fishing rods, poles and reels, which is now being stored between the 10 members of staff.

Dale added: “We have split the equipment between us now, but it makes it difficult as we have to go and collect the item from each other’s house if we need to use. We need to find a central location.”

The project also provides community resources and a natural environment for local schools and youth organisations to carry out wild life work including pond dipping.

Dale said: “We were founded and started by a police officer from Gloucestershire Constabulary. Since then it has grown and we have had nothing but positive interest in the group.

“Over the past two years we have all put in a lot of time, work and effort to get the project going. We have managed to secure a lake for use for free with help and full backing from the wildlife trust, environment agency.”

A spokesman from The Big Yellow Storage Company said: “As a company we are committed to helping local and national charities and do so on a rotational system.

“On January 10 last year we agreed to provide a storage room to Angling For Your Development with free storage rental for a period of one year worth £806. It was discussed at the time that following this 12-month period we would rotate and offer this space to another local charity who would also benefit from our support. After writing to the group to inform that the year agreement was coming to an end we offered the opportunity to maintain the storage room at a discounted rate which they declined.

“We are now working with Active Connections Training & Development Ltd who will be offered the same deal of free storage for the next 12 months.”

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  • RoadWombat  |  January 17 2014, 6:38PM

    Don't want to abuse 'em. Just catch them and eat them. Yum!

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  • citon  |  January 17 2014, 3:13PM

    Quite the reverse in fact. Being a Conservative / right winger does not mean that you approve of animal abuse.

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  • RoadWombat  |  January 17 2014, 3:10PM

    Silly lefty.

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  • citon  |  January 17 2014, 11:34AM

    If you have a "lose end" maybe the remedy is to FIND another end? As for the poor darlings losing their storage, TUFF T***Y. That may save a few more innocent creatures from the barbarity of that so called "sport".

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