Hundreds of fish have hailed Petersfield Angling Club’s decision to leave the town’s lake as “a victory for common sense”.
The club has allowed its lease with Petersfield Town Council to run out after several outbreaks of blue-green algae in the water killed thousands of fish.
But while a spokesman for the club expressed disappointment, the fishes’ representative, Frank Pike, has hailed the move.
He said: “We will now be able to get on with our lives without the fear of being pulled out of the water at all times of the day and night for the amusement of a few individuals.
“Heaven only knows what they get up to in those sleeping bags and bivouacs that give them those disgusting stains. It is a victory for common sense. It's enough to make you believe there is a cod!”
A spokesman for the town council added: “While we are naturally disappointed that the angling club has taken this step it does have a couple of benefits. For a start people can walk round the lake with their children without being told to ‘Shush!’ by the great unwashed.
“And obviously with the lake not in use we can fill it in and use it as a car park like we have done with the High St.
“Everyone’s a winner really…”