The Environment Agency has installed two new fishing platforms on the riverbank of the Tees at Yarm to encourage people of all ages and abilities to fish this part of the river.

The two platforms are made out of non-slip fibre glass, and are the first to be installed by the Environment Agency in the region.

The new decking has a waffle pattern, so that if the river reached high levels, mud or sediment will not collect on the surface, but fall through the holes. This textured surface is also a deterrent to birds, meaning they are a much safer and cleaner alternative.

The platforms are easily accessible, wheelchair friendly, and have a 30-year lifespan. They were installed by the Environment Agency’s operations delivery team at a cost of £8,000. The platforms have been funded by the Northumbria Regional Flood Defence Committee’s local levy.

Barbara Pike, fisheries and recreation officer at the Environment Agency
said: “This is a revolutionary material to use for fishing platforms. They will be longer lasting than the old wooden platforms and much safer for people to use.”

The River Tees at Yarm is a good coarse fishery, with a good supply of pike roach and bream.

Peter Wood clerk to Yarm Town Council said: “Yarm town council would like to thank the Environment Agency for installing these platforms. They will be used and enjoyed by many residents and provide another excellent facility for the town.”