Reservoir consultations detailed

PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 December 2012

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PLANS to build a new reservoir in a Somerset village will be discussed with the public in a three-stage process throughout 2013.

Bristol Water will hold a public consultation at the end of January, with a two-day event set for Cheddar and a day-long consultation in Axbridge, over the proposals to build the water storage site near the current reservoir in Cheddar.

The second stage of the plans would then follow in July, with a review of consultation material followed by a workshop with stakeholders and the formation of a community forum.

The forum, made up of key stakeholders, such as those from local councils, would then talk to members of the public as the project progresses, documents reveal.

Schools in the surrounding area will also be visited by Bristol Water to outline how the scheme will work and its potential benefits.

The third and final stage would see smaller consultation re-run if there are any significant changes to the plans needed as a result of the first two stages, which would mean an extra public consultation meeting.

The plans would then be submitted before the end of 2013.

The documents state: “This iterative approach to consultation encourages genuine engagement with key stakeholders and the local community, and will help to ensure the final proposals have been fully influenced by the views of those living and working in the area.”

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