A WATER giant behind plans to replace a reservoir which serves thousands of homes across East Staffordshire has formally lodged an application.
South Staffs Water is planning to demolish the Outwoods Number One reservoir, in Reservoir Road, Burton, which was built more than 130 years ago, and replace it with a new facility fit for the 21st century.
The reservoir has been regularly maintained over the years but the firm insists the ‘aged’ facility, which stores drinking water and serves homes in Burton and surrounding areas including Tutbury, Rolleston and Barton under Needwood, must now be replaced.
Under the plans, the current reservoir would be demolished next year, with the replacement scheduled to be completed by 2017.
The new facility would remain largely obscured from view, South Staffs Water said.
The proposed development has caused concern among some residents living nearby who believe construction workers travelling to and from the site could increase traffic problems in an area which is already regularly congested.
South Staffs Water have now moved to allay such fears following meetings with people in the area as well as the Shobnall Traffic Action Group (STAG).
Bosses said access to the site would be avoided during drop-off and collection times at nearby Shobnall Primary School and that consideration would also be given to the Tiddlywinks Nursery.
A design and access statement said: “South Staffordshire Water needs to replace its aged reservoir at Reservoir Road in order to maintain and maximise the water output to existing South Staffordshire Water customers.
“The reservoir will largely be screened from public view by it being contained by earth embankment which will be grassed giving the site a green appearance from surrounding areas.”