The metal fence of the Foremark reservoir will remain for the time being


Huge metal fences are to remain in place around the popular Foremark Reservoir for now.

The 850-meter-long metal fence was installed as a last resort at the South Derbyshire beauty site near Repton in early summer after a series of problems including people risking their lives swimming in the waters toxic.

When hot weather hits the area, people often find themselves swimming in the reservoir, which has dangerous underwater currents. There were so many problems that rangers had to regularly call the police to help them evacuate people and shut down the attraction due to fears for safety. It included a major search operation involving the police helicopter when a drunk man went to bathe in the water. Worried passers-by called the police but he did not reappear. We think he came out unharmed.

It happened at the same time a man defecated in front of one of the security guards and countless people continued to ignore the warning signs asking them not to enter the water.

The problems saw rangers at the Severn Trent site run to shreds and police were called in on several occasions. Problems saw the venue closed to visitors twice and those already there ordered to leave.

The 6-foot-high fence was then installed to prevent people from accessing the waters from the shore, which includes a sandy beach.

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Severn Trent Water, owner of the site, has now said the fence will remain in place for the foreseeable future while it finds a more permanent solution to the issues.

A spokesperson has now told Staffordshire Live: “The temporary fence around a section of Foremark Reservoir should remain in place while we consider a more permanent solution.”

Dangerous water is very cold, deep and infested with algae, and contains many invisible obstacles.

Gangs of young people have already walked through the metal fences, damaging security facilities to host a beach party, police said.

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