That’s what the Benrose platform barrows were good for, humping huge amounts of gear along the Shannon then sticking the Shakey box on to the converted Benrose platform, they were the days, thank god I don’t carry the weight of that lot any more
With the exception of the wye and severn a narrow platform is far more dodgy than most river swims I’ve ever fished. Even on the wye and severn the swims themselves have been fine, it’s just getting down to them that has been a bit interesting
I think we have got them about right at Wellingborough. 1.5 metres wide, not too far out over the water and the disabled platforms 3m wide. Made of recycled rot proof plastic so should last for decades. All credit to the lads on the working party that made them up and fitted them.
The Fisheries Boards in Ireland have been erecting the recycled plastic pegs all over the country.
They are rock-solid, look surprisingly natural and as you say should last for ever.
It's a shame they've positioned a load of them where anglers don't actually fish but you can't have everything
Accessing some of the old timber pegs over there you often had to literally walk the plank - one scaffy board or some other bit of semi-rotten timber spanning the gap between the platform and the timber boardwalk behind.
These are just a some of the ones that we built / rebuilt at our club lake in years gone bye
The 'diving board' on the first picture was a peg that was generally only used by carp anglers, so only needed to be wide enough to accomodate a rod-pod
I think it would only be a liability issue if a problem had been reported to the fishery and they failed to act - eg not replaced a cracked board or a damaged upright.
That was the advice we were given regarding the platforms on our club lake by the insurance company anyway.