BRITAIN’S biggest angling venue owners, CEMEX Angling, have quashed rumours that there are major problems saying its business as usual.

It has been a turbulent year for the angling arm of the Mexican-owned giant aggregates company, with many of their tens of thousands of angling members wondering what the next 12 months may hold.

First of all fisheries boss Mick Barnes left his position in March after swathing cuts at the business meant the merging of two roles – a move Mick found untenable. He did not re-apply for the new position, and now works at top carp tackle firm Wychwood.

Roo Newby, who was solely managing the 70 fisheries, mostly in the South and South East but also in some other parts of England, took to the helm.

He bore full responsibility for the running of all angling matters. But after just over six months Roo also opted to quit, under a veil of secrecy.

Now after just two years on shop shelves, the Carp and Coarse Angler magazine, that was launched in tandem with a premium CEMEX Angling Plus scheme, is no more.

Cliff Moulder, of angling publication specialists Mpress, confirmed: ‘It is with sadness that we have to mention that due to changes to both CEMEX Angling and Mpress, this will be the last issue (of Carp and Coarse Angler) published in its present format. We thank you for your support during the period of the publication.

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