Support for Thatchers 'essential' new building

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 January 2015

Martin Thatcher with the pick of the crop at Thatchers Cider in Sandford.

Martin Thatcher with the pick of the crop at Thatchers Cider in Sandford.

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THATCHERS Cider Company has won support from Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council for a new building to store its cider.

Although a final decision on the ‘essential’ building will lie with North Somerset Council, village backing was secured at the council’s planning meeting.

Thatchers managing director Martin Thatcher said: “As business has grown, but also as the world moves on, we have to store our cider in different and better ways.”

The building will be ‘in keeping’ with the company’s newest structure, the Jubilee building, with a sloped roof.

Mr Thatcher said: “Our proposal is to put cider tanks in there. It’s essential to our business, if we want to stay where we are it’s absolutely essential.”

Some residents have raised concerns over the potential impact on drainage in the area and how noisy new storeroom tanks could be.

Mr Thatcher said: “The drains are in a bit of a poor state. We have done quite a bit of work to right that, including digging the ditch.

“We put in an attenuation pond about 18 months ago which was purposefully oversized to deal with future development.

“The tanks do make some noise, but they will be inside the structure, so it will be kept to a minimum.”

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