The historic Elstow complex in Bedfordshire is under threat of backfilling and you can help stop it happening. The lakes, which hold nationally important carp stocks and have been fished by many household names in the carp world, are subject to a planning application that would see both Pit One and Pit Two backfilled and a waste incinerator built on top.

Understandably, this has created a huge stir in carp-fishing circles, as well as among local residents groups. So, how can you help stop this historic venue being destroyed? Well, it’s fairly simple and takes about five minutes of your time. Your first port of call is the Save Elstow Pits group page on Facebook. This page has been set up by Elstow bailiff, Martin Richardson and the pinned post at the top of the page will walk you though the objections process.
If you’re not on Facebook, then paste this link into your browser…


This will take you to the page on the Bedford Borough Council site and invite you to register to make a comment on the proposal.

Once you’re able to make a comment please leave a valid objection. The following are suitable examples…

• Visual impact of the development
• Effect of the development on the character of the neighbourhood
• Design
• The proposed development is over-bearing, out-of-scale or out of character in terms of its appearance compared with existing development in the vicinity
• The loss of existing views from neighbouring properties would adversely affect the residential amenity of neighbouring owners
• The development would adversely affect highway safety or the convenience of road users [but only if there is technical evidence to back up such a claim].

Thanks for taking the time to help save one of our most prestigious fisheries.