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Threat to Aldenham Sailing Club

Aldenham Sailing Club is deeply concerned about a proposal from the owners of the Aldenham reservoir, Liberty Lake Leisure Limited, to develop the eastern shore of the lake. LLL wants to build fifty "accommodation pods" (cabins) along the shore plus a central "hub" building with offices, a cafe, toilets and parking. The sailing club would be confined to a narrow access point to the lake but its clubhouse and storage sheds would be pulled down. In the opinion of the club, the ASC could not continue.

The club has therefore engaged in an extensive lobbying and information campaign and at the same time has offered its own compromise under which the club would give up its current car park (where the hub would be built) in exchange for parking on land behind the club. However, this compromise has not not been accepted by LLL. 

The local planning authority, Hertsmere Borough Council, has not yet received any planning application for the scheme. But the issue has already been raised at a council meeting, where the specific threat to the sailing club was mentioned. The council has a procedure under which members of the public can put questions in a council meeting and a local activist and academic at Middlesex University, Dr Dan Ozarow, who is also chair of the Hertsmere Labour Party, did just that about the Liberty Lake development proposal. The council meetings are on a webcast and here is the webcast for Wednesday 10 July during which Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, the Planning Portfolio Holder, answered on behalf of the council and Dan Ozarow asked a follow-up question. (The relevant part begins at 17 minutes and 30 seconds). Here is another link to the same extract:

It was useful from the club's point of view that the club's future was signalled at a council meeting. This is a crucial element of the ASC argument - that what is on offer from LLL is not sufficient for a sailing club to operate. 


Club Championship for John Lawrence Trophy 7 July


For photos see here and for a video see here


Paul Reynolds, Publicity Officer