A commitment to continue to seek ways to address the ‘continuous, systemic neglect’ of a much-loved Hertsmere amenity and beauty spot has received all-party backing.
Hertsmere Borough Councillors agreed a motion condemning the actions of the current landowners of Aldenham Reservoir as a ‘dereliction of duty’ and calling on the council to ‘explore all possible actions’ to restore the site was approved at a full council meeting on Wednesday (26 January). The pledge highlighted the constructive cross party-work which has already taken place on this issue and welcomed the recent designation of the reservoir as an asset of community value. As an asset of community value, it means once the reservoir comes to be sold, the community have an opportunity to bid for the site for a period of five years.
In its motion, the council also committed to exploring further actions to ‘restore the reservoir to its former glory’, including legal means to protect the site. A working group of councillors and officers will now be set up and a report setting out the potential next steps is due to be published within the next three months.
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