New reservoir plans set to be finalised

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 January 2013

An artist's impression of the planned Cheddar Reservoir Two.

An artist's impression of the planned Cheddar Reservoir Two.

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PLANS for a new reservoir to meet the needs of Somerset’s rapidly growing population will be finalised by the end of the year.

How the planned Cheddar Reservoir Two would fit into the Somerset landscape.How the planned Cheddar Reservoir Two would fit into the Somerset landscape.

Bristol Water is exploring options ahead of submitting a formal planning application for a new water supply at Cheddar.

The village is already home to one reservoir, also used as a popular water sports area – but plans are afoot to build a new one, too.

That is because strain on current water supplies is growing, as the area continues to experience a surge in house building and an influx of people.

If approved, the reservoir plan is likely to take around five years to complete, and could cost up to £100million.

However, the water company says it plans to consult fully with residents to help it create something which will prove ‘an integral part of the local landscape and history’.

It is arranging a series of public exhibitions to showcase plans and invite comments, ahead of finalising its planning application to Sedgemoor District Council.

A spokesman said: “In order to meet the future need for water, we want to build a second reservoir locally, called Cheddar Reservoir Two.

“Having undertaken initial investigations, we are now designing a scheme and developing a planning application that will be submitted to Sedgemoor District Council by the end of 2013.

“We understand the importance of this scheme in relation to the local community and environment.

“We are therefore fully committed to working with local residents and key stakeholders to deliver the best possible scheme for the local area.

“A key part of the planning process will be to consult fully with the community to help shape the plans before they are finalised.”

Three community exhibitions have been arranged to showcase the draft plans, and encourage public input.

They will take place at Church House in Cheddar’s Church Street (from 3-7.30pm on January 31, and from 10am-4pm on February 2) and at Axbridge Town Hall in The Square (from 1-7.30pm on February 1).

* SEVERAL sets of work will take place at Cheddar reservoir over coming months.

The southern half of the perimeter track will be closed for engineering maintenance work – which includes drilling boreholes - within the next two months, although the exact date has not been fixed.

This is likely to coincide with some routine masonry repairs, which will take around eight weeks to complete.

The treatment works will also undergo some modernisation, including the installation of a new ultra-violet treatment process.

This will first involve the construction of a temporary pumping station, which is due to start in February.

Bristol Water warns that main work, scheduled to begin in May, will necessitate some excavation and HGV movements.

The firm says is has not yet finalised traffic controls, but says it will use the treatment works’ rear entrance to minimise disruption near the main gate opposite Sharpham Road.

A spokesman said: “The decision to re-use the existing building and the choice to install comparatively quiet submersible pumps will help minimise any inconvenience or disturbance.”

All work is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.


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