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Grafham Water says it will remain closed to visitors

Credit: Hunts Post

Huntingdon-based Anglian Water closed its water parks, including Grafham, with immediate effect last month in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  The decision comes as the Government has been pressing for parks to be reopened to provide space for people to get vital exercise.

But Anglian Water said there were major differences between parks in urban areas and those in open countryside like Grafham.

It said ministerial advice on keeping parks open was aimed more at parks in towns and cities where local people had limited access to gardens and the countryside, whereas its reservoirs were rural tourism destinations where residents had access to other open spaces such as public rights of way and the countryside generally.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “We realise that many of our customers are disappointed about our parks being closed. We do understand how much people love visiting our green spaces and it has been a difficult decision for us to make.

The spokesman said: “We all need to stay at home where possible, exercise locally and observe social distancing measures. For these reasons, and for the safety of our staff, our parks will remained closed to public access until the national guidance changes.

Anglian Water said park areas at reservoirs like Grafham were of a considerable size and were difficult to police, especially in areas like social distancing.             (Source:  taken from Hunts Post)