THE £110 million announced by the Government to revamp England’s rivers is money that should have been spent years ago, according to anglers.

The money, part of a £660 million package involved in the restoration of 880 lakes, streams and waterways has been welcomed by many, but Birmingham Anglers Association secretary John Williams is among those questioning the motives behind it.

£92 million will be provided over the next four years to remove non-native invasive weeds and animals; clear up pollution; and remove redundant dams, weirs, landings and other man-made structures so that can thrive in water catchments across England.

The funding will be shared between the Environment Agency, Natural England and civil society associations such as the Association of Rivers Trust to build on successful work. A significant portion of the funding will support new local projects across the country through a Catchment Restoration fund.

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