PRIVATE security guards were called in at Watermead to combat jet skiing and illegal fishing on Monday
PRIVATE security guards were called in at Watermead to combat jet skiing and illegal fishing on Monday.
Fishing has been a long-term contentious issue at Watermead village, near Aylesbury and chairman of the new parish council, Michael Shrimpton, who has long fought against illegal fishing, says private security guards are the only option.
Watermead has two lakes, north and south. The south lake is owned by the Watermead consortium, Lakeside Land. It also owns the shore line of the north lake, the rest of which is owned by Hamid Pardis, who runs the Lakeside Restaurant.
The Piscatorial fishing syndicate is licensed to fish on the lakes, having gained permission from both The Watermead Consortium and Mr Pardis.
But Mr Shrimpton who is also chairman of the consortium says not enough is being done to combat illegal fishing. On Monday rods were seized from illegal fishermen.
The consortium has tried to settle a deal with Mr Pardis which involves a respectable syndicate taking responsibility for both lakes and paying a fee to both Watermead Land and Mr Pardis. We have prepared a settlement but it does not look as though Mr Pardis is going to agree, he said.
Hamid Pardis says he does not believe there is a problem with illegal fishing.
I am just trying to run my restaurant here. I am going to try and ignore all this, he said. Mr Shrimpton, who says he has been threatened with violence by fisherman and even thrown in the lake, said: The police are under pressure and we do not expect them to spend their time over here, therefore we will employ private security guards.