Somerset village chosen as site for new reservoir

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 January 2012

An artist's impression of where the new reservoir in Cheddar will go, just south of the current one. Note: only an approximation, not final decision.

An artist's impression of where the new reservoir in Cheddar will go, just south of the current one. Note: only an approximation, not final decision.

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A NEW reservoir will be built in Cheddar just below the site of the current one.

The Somerset town has been chosen to host the new reservoir from a shortlist of several Somerset locations, being cited as the favourite on ‘economic, environmental and geological grounds.’

Bristol Water has carried out a detailed study ahead of deciding on a location for its new water reserve, although no planning application has yet been submitted.

The village already has a reservoir which is popular for activities like windsurfing and dog walking.

The artist’s impression shows roughly where the reservoir may be created, although this is not yet a finalised placement.

Extensive consultation with residents and interested parties will take place before the location is confirmed.

A spokesman for the company said: “Bristol Water is committed to a full consultation process with all the many stakeholders.”

Previously, other sites including Axbridge and Banwell were considered as potential locations but were ruled out.

The reservoir is set to be built by 2025, although construction will not start until at least 2016, according to the company.

The reservoir is needed to store more water to meet the demands of the growing population of the area supplied by the current water, including Bristol, Burnham and Cheddar.

Somerset Tourism Association chairman Bob Smart said that although in the short term the new reservoir would cause a lot of disruption to landowners, there will be leisure benefits in the long term.

He said that he is hopeful that the new reservoir might be used for water sports and boating like the current one, creating more opportunities for leisure as well as tourism.

He said: “The people whose land is affected are going to be badly affected but that is always the case with these large infrastructure developments.”

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