Aldenham Reservoir footpath public access will remain permanently open, after a legal agreement was reached by the private owners of the reservoir and Hertfordshire County Council.
The news comes after an all-party campaign by councillors to stop the fencing around the reservoir.
Councillor Caroline Clapper said: “I am delighted to report some great news about Aldenham Country Park and Footpath Access.
“Following numerous discussions, we have (finally) reached formal agreement with the owners of the reservoir.
“The footpath will now remain FULLY OPEN and the owners will not be allowed to erect any further fencing. Unlike our previous agreement, that I reported on last year, this not an interim position, but a binding one for the future.
“This is one of the best solutions we could have reached, and stops the threat of closing the footpath again, or fencing off the reservoir all together.
“The gates will likely remain in situ for the next couple of months, but they now have to be permanently removed by the end of December 2022, and until then, they will be UNLOCKED at all times.
“This is a fantastic win for the users of the Reservoir footpaths and I’d like to thank the County Council for all their hard work on this, as well as Councillor Jeremy Newmark who has supported this ‘All Party’ motion with me, that has led to this positive outcome!”
The reservoir is currently owned by the Jewel of Hertsmere, formerly known as Liberty Leisure Ltd, who have been contacted for comment.