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Save the Reservoirs Campaign - A talk by Monica Blake

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Presented at the 5th Stoke Newington History Talks event

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Save the Reservoirs Campaign - A talk by Monica Blake

  1. 1. Save the Reservoirs, New River and Filter Beds Campaign Monica Blake
  2. 2. Castle Pumping Station Built in 1856 by William Chadwell Mylne, the engineer of the New River Company, in the style of a castle because local people insisted on a building that would enhance their neighbourhood. Listed Grade II* in 1972
  3. 3. Primary Filtration Plant with New River
  4. 4. Primary Filtration Plant Built in 1936 It was built in response to an increasing demand for water and allowed filtration to be speeded up Grade II listed
  5. 5. Gas House/Coal House The Gas House, now known as the Coal House. Once produced chlorine gas used to treat the reservoir water. Has also served as a kitchen for the New River Company directors’ dining hall and as a coal store for a nearby boiler house. 19th century, Grade II listed.
  6. 6. Ivy Sluice House Mid 19th century, Grade II listed.
  7. 7. Newton Close Bridge 18th century, Grade II listed.
  8. 8. c. 1985 Plans for site Thames Water: want to sell whole site for development Save the Reservoirs – West Reservoir: Water sports – East Reservoir: Nature reserve – Filter Beds: Swimming pool, fish farm, garden centre, play area, allotments Photo by Anita Andreson
  9. 9. 1987 Thames Water’s plans for site West Reservoir: Mixed housing and leisure use East Reservoir: Housing Filter Beds: Retail park Photo by Berris Conolly
  10. 10. 1988 Thames Water’s plans for site Retention of New River and East Reservoir Extensive development of Filter Beds and West Reservoir Source: London Metropolitan Archives
  11. 11. 1992 Local Voices, Local Views Consultation report 75% of local people in favour of retaining water in the West Reservoir Strong support for nature reserve on the East Reservoir Overwhelming opposition to built development on the Filter Beds
  12. 12. 1995 Thames Water handed over the West Reservoir to Hackney Council The Council allowed Thames Water to build houses on the Filter Beds
  13. 13. Campaign activities Committee meetings Newsletter Press releases Fund raising Demonstrations Presence at local events (e.g. Stoke Newington Festival)
  14. 14. Recent years 1995: Castle Pumping Station opened as a climbing Centre 2003: Opening of Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre as a venue for water sports 2006: Disbanding of Campaign 2016: Woodberry Wetlands opened by Sir David Attenborough

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