£2.3m secured to improve facilities, walking routes and biodiversity at West Reservoir

A more accessible, active and biodiverse West Reservoir could soon take shape after Hackney Council secured £2.3m in funding to deliver a project to improve it for local residents. 

Made up of £700,000 from the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) Green and Resilient Spaces Fund, and £1.6m secured from developers, the project aims to: better connect West Reservoir with the local community and other green spaces, including the nearby Wetlands; increase biodiversity; and, improve facilities at West Reservoir. 

Subject to engagement with local organisations and residents, the project could deliver a new accessible green space for local residents on the east side of the reservoir, allowing people to circulate around the perimeter of the reservoir, a new accessible bridge across New River, improved landscaping and wildlife habitats, and more accessible walking and cycling routes. 

An improvement board composed of community and partner organisations will be set up to ensure the proposals best meet the needs of existing users and local people. 

Design and engagement work on the project is set to begin in June 2022. 

Ajman Ali, Group Director, Neighbourhoods and Housing

With 28 Green Flags, we’re passionate about ensuring residents from all parts of Hackney have access to beautiful and biodiverse green spaces.

This funding is great news for West Reservoir and we’re going to use it - in consultation with local residents - to create new green space, make the area more accessible and active for local people, and improve it for wildlife. 

Ajman Ali, Group Director, Neighbourhoods and Housing