18:27 Wednesday 29 January 2014

Consultation over plans for town reservoir work

Written byROB SMYTH

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A WATER giant has met with residents in a traffic-plagued area of Burton to discuss plans to replace a nearby reservoir.

South Staffs Water met with people in Shobnall area and representatives from the Shobnall Traffic Action Group to discuss the impact of works that will see the new facility put in place, which will serve the community for the next 100 years.

The Outwoods Number One reservoir – a covered reservoir for storing drinking water – in Reservoir Road, was built in 1881 to serve the town and surrounding area.

Although it has been regularly maintained and monitored since then, it has now reached the point where increasing maintenance costs mean it is necessary to replace it with a completely new facility.

Paul Martin, head of production at South Staffs Water, said: “As a company we recognise that the replacement work will have an impact on residents and wish to do as much as we can to lessen any disruption, and were keen to hear their thoughts.

“We were encouraged by the turnout of the residents and we’d like to thank them for taking the time to talk.”

The company has two options which it is considering.

The first is to demolish the existing reservoir and build a new one in the same spot, or secondly to build a new reservoir of the same size next to the existing one. The work will take place between 2015 and 2017.

Site surveys and studies are currently being carried out to determine the best option.

Outwoods Number Two reservoir, also in Reservoir Road, will not be affected by the work.

Among issues raised were those of traffic management, particularly around school times, the road surface, visual appearance of the site, as well as sensitivities around other planned development in the area.

South Staffs Water was keen to emphasise its plans did not include increasing capacity and were unrelated to any housing proposals.

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