Meeting on Manea otter fencing

Manea Pit Committee who won an in bloom award. Back LtoR - Steve Emery, Debra Turner, Ian Woodard, Kate Winters, Mark Archer. Front LtoR - Dennis Winters, Joseph Winters. ENGANL00120120917235200
Manea Pit Committee who won an in bloom award. Back LtoR - Steve Emery, Debra Turner, Ian Woodard, Kate Winters, Mark Archer. Front LtoR - Dennis Winters, Joseph Winters. ENGANL00120120917235200
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Have your say

Villagers will be able to have their say on a proposal to install fencing to keep otters out of Manea Pit.

Manea Parish Council is considering spending £16,000 on fencing to protect fish stocks after otters have been spotted nearby.

But the proposal has outraged some members of the community, who will be holding an open meeting on Thursday, May 12, at the Royal British Legion, at 7.30pm.

A leaflet outlining the opposition argument is being delivered to villagers.

Residents are also being asked to fill in opposition slips and drop them into the Legion.

The council took over the pit from the Environment Agency in 2008 and receives up to £5,000 a year in fees from a carp syndicate which uses the lake.

Councillors are looking to pay for the fencing from its reserves, which would be replenished by the fees.

The council has also spent £5,000 up to five years ago in improving fish stocks.

Parish council members have agreed to defer making a decision on the fencing until their next meeting on Monday, May 23.

More than 70 people went along to the April council meeting to express their views on the plans.