Derwent Reservoir (Sailing Facilities)

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1966.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Urwin Mr Thomas Urwin , Houghton-le-Spring 12:00 am, 1st March 1966

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government to what extent the Derwent Reservoir is likely to be used for the development of sailing facilities; and what restrictions will be imposed on this sport.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I am glad to learn that the water company and water board concerned have taken steps to find out the demand for sailing facilities; they would themselves be responsible for any restrictions to be imposed on the use of the Derwent reservoir for sailing.

Photo of Mr Thomas Urwin Mr Thomas Urwin , Houghton-le-Spring

I join with my right hon. Friend in congratulating the water undertaking on its enterprise. Can he tell me when there is any possibility of a Government grant being made available for this development, and will he seek to ensure that there is not too much restriction placed on this large stretch of water for dinghy sailing, having regard to the limited facilities in the northern region?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

It is a matter for the water board and the water company concerned to make their own rules. I am trying to encourage them now to use these reservoirs for amenity purposes so that the word "reservoir" is not an unpleasant word but a word that means real enjoyment in future.