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RESERVOIR ROUTE: Radlett councillor ‘delighted’ as footpath opens to public

 Published on: 20th March 2023   |   By: Megan Milstead   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has declared the footpath around Aldenham Reservoir, which was previously locked and gated from the public for 11 years, as a right of way.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, HCC’s deputy executive member for the environment, said: “I couldn’t be more delighted that it is now a definitive right of way and access cannot be restricted, so all users can enjoy this beautiful walk. The access and community use of this walkway is so significant to the community that it formed part of the original motion to secure the future of Aldenham Reservoir.

“In the original cross-party motion regarding Aldenham Reservoir, which was proposed by me and seconded by councillor Jeremy Newmark, and was unanimously passed by Hertsmere Borough Council, one of the main aims was to ensure that the walk around the reservoir which had been closed off was kept open.

“Work has been ongoing since 2012 when evidence started being collected, the order was applied for in 2013 and so many people and organisations have been involved in ensuring this came to a successful outcome.

“Special mentions must go to the Rural Estates Department and the rights of way officers at HCC, to the Aldenham Country Park Advisory Group, the Aldenham Country Park Trust and many others, but most of all, to the residents and users who answered the call to provide evidence of historical use of this beloved footpath so a big thank you to our wonderful community.”

A spokesperson for HCC said: “The county council has been in discussions with the private landowner of Aldenham Reservoir for some time about the claim for a public footpath around the reservoir’s southern and western edges.

“We’re pleased that an independent Planning Inspector has now determined that the path should be recorded as a public right of way. We will now amend the Definitive Map for Hertfordshire to include the path, after which the county council will have statutory power to enforce public access and remove any obstructions from the footpath.”

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