What the Angling Trust are doing, wrongly in my opinion, is absolving themselves of any responsibility by saying they are not policing what clubs are doing.
However, they are putting forward the guidance from the government and leaving it up to the clubs, anglers and fisheries alike to act and be responsible by following that guidance.
It's irrelevant if clubs, etc are members or not, The Angling Trust is the national governing body representing all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling in England.
Saying "we're not members...." is a bit like the non-union guy in the workplace doing what he wants because he's not a member of the workplace union but who'd still want the benefits of pay rises, support and representation, the same as his colleagues who are union members.
If it's anything like on MD's it's hard enough getting people to pay £10 a year to support us.
TBH - If that was the case with the AT , I'd switch off my computer as I've had it to the back teeth with whinging anglers and fisheries over the past 6 months relating to restrictions, I'd not want to see the schitstorm that something like that would create
Martin Salters' comments are actually "a nonsense". Reason being, and it is a fact, that the majority of people living within an urban city live within 1 mile of an angling watercourse, be it river, canal, pond or reservoir. Travelling from within a tier 3 to a lower tier except for the exemptions given by the Government would be brainless and even the questioning of such is not particularly intelligent.