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Have your say on our Proposals - new fishing platforms at Harthill Reservoir

We are inviting people to have their say on proposals for new fishing platforms as part of our upgrade project.

Concept art of a reservoir from the above with sailing boat in the middle

Preserving the reservoir

We are planning to replace the existing fishing platforms, which are no longer fit for purpose, with 15 modern fishing platforms around the reservoir. The new platforms will be constructed with three different levels to cope with fluctuating water levels in the reservoir.

As well as enhancing the fishing experience at the reservoir for day-to-day use and competitive angling, the new platforms will also help to preserve the reservoir by minimising damage to its stonework and sides, protecting the reservoir and ensuring it can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.

Sharing our plans

Sean McGinley, our regional director of Yorkshire & North East, explained: “We hope these new platforms will help even more people to experience fishing at the reservoir and the feel-good factor that research shows us spending time by water can bring.

“Before we submit a planning application for the fishing platforms, we are sharing our plans for the fishing platforms for the local community and users of the reservoir to feedback their thoughts and we encourage people to have their say on these proposals.”

Harthill Reservoir concept art from above

Have your say

The consultation is now open until Thursday 3 August 2023 at 5pm. Plans can be viewed online at: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/harthill

Alternatively, please contact the team to have printed or large-scale versions posted to you. Email: [email protected] or call the Freephone information line on 0800 028 8141.

Bringing in line with modern standards

We've announced plans in December 2020 to upgrade the reservoir to bring it in line with modern standards, with works beginning in 2022. The programme of works, including construction of the new fishing platforms, is expected to be completed by early 2024.

Concept art of footpath around reservoir

The reservoir, situated between Sheffield and Worksop near to the village of Harthill, was constructed more than 200 years ago to supply water to the Chesterfield Canal, located approximately two miles to the north.

Once a key route for commercial boat traffic, the beautiful Chesterfield Canal has become an important local leisure destination. Harthill Reservoir still acts as an important water feed to the canal and is now also a popular fishery, local walking route and home to groups such as Rotherham Sailing Club and Yorkshire Outdoor Swimmers.

Kingfisher in flight with small fish in its beak

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Last Edited: 14 July 2023

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