Foot and mouth update - 1730 - 1/3/01

Sailing world continues to be rocked by the crisis, with Northumbria and Wales the worst hit areas, Andy Rice reports

Thursday March 1st 2001, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
The foot and mouth crisis continues to hit the sailing world. Water authorities have closed more reservoirs as a precautionary measure.
Wessex Water Authority said it was "prudent to curtail unnecessary activity on their land and would appreciate club activity being suspended". No time frame was given. This will affect three venues: Blashford Lakes, Sutton Bingham and Durleigh Water.

Bristol Water said that Chew Lake and Cheddar Reservoir in Somerset would remain open for the time being, because the clubs have direct road access and do not have to cross pasture land. But the position may change if a local farm is found to be infected with foot and mouth disease.

Northumbria Water has said that there is no public access to their sites. They are: Derwent, Scaling, Teesdale - Grassholme, and Kielder Water.

Richard Turner told madforsailing: "Banbury Sailing Club at Boddington Reservoir in Northamptonshire has been closed for sailing and access to the club until further notice. All racing and other activities have been cancelled until further notice and members have been asked not to bring their dinghies to the club nor to attempt to take their boats away. This closure decision was taken by the club in view of the two confirmed outbreaks within 10 miles and the rural location."

Rutland Sailing Club remains open for sailing, although the surrounding cycle tracks and public car parks have been closed. Anglian Water has warned the RYA that Pitsford and Rutland Reservoirs could close by the weekend.

The most draconian measures have come from Welsh Water which stated this afternoon that all their reservoir sites would be closed to the public as a precaution against spreading the disease.

The sites affected are: Llandegfedd, Llanishen, Lisvane, Llwyn On, Cantref, Beacons, Usk, Talybont, Pontsticill, Pentwyn, Neuadd, Llysyfran, Rosebush, Llyn Brenig, Alaw, Alwen, Dolwen, Plas, Uchaf, Llyn Aled, and Elan Valley.

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