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COMMON GOAL: Motion to save Aldenham Reservoir receives all-party backing

 Published on: 16th February 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertsmere Borough Councillors have agreed on a cross-party motion to ‘save’ Aldenham Reservoir and restore the site to its former beauty. 

The decision was approved on January 26 at a full council meeting. Councillors committed to coming together with the common goal, to seek ways to address the ‘continuous, systemic neglect’ of Aldenham Reservoir.

The cross-party motion condemns the actions of the landowners of the reservoir as a “dereliction of duty” and calls on the council to “explore all possible actions” to restore the site to its former beauty.

Several planning applications, including the development of a hub building, including café, reception area and shop, 50 accommodation pods and additional car parking, have been submitted for land to the south of the reservoir by the land-owners. All applications have been refused or withdrawn so far.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Property, said: “I’ve been heartbroken to witness the way the owners of the reservoir have continually neglected the reservoir, which has not only led to such a negative visual impact, but has negatively impacted on all the animals which once thrived in this environment, both above and below the water.

“If this all wasn’t serious enough, numerous attempts have been made to block the well-used footpaths around the reservoir and the children’s playground has been demolished too.

“We must now say enough is enough. All three political parties have agreed to come together to explore any and all possible options to us to achieve a resolution to the most serious of all issues.”

Councillor Jeremy Newmark, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative group, said: “This motion is important. It recognises the shocking behaviour and neglect on the part of the owners. 

“It’s really important that the public see that, when it comes down to it when it comes to protecting significant local assets of this nature, we are united; we won’t be divided; we will leave no stone unturned.”

The reservoir is currently owned by the Jewel of Hertsmere, formerly known as Liberty Leisure Ltd, who have been contacted for comment.

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