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Public Meeting — Water Transfer

A call to action from CCT Chief Executive — Ken Burgin

Public Meeting — Thursday 11th May 2017 — Cirencester

Thames Water are to hold a discussion event on Thursday 11th May from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Bingham Hall, Kings Street, Cirencester, GL7 1JT  to shape all aspects of their future plans.

Using the Cotswold Canals as a means to transfer water from the Severn to the Thames would greatly accelerate the restoration of the entire canal.

The Thames & Severn Canal, Kings Reach, Sapperton
Following a period of heavy rain
Photo by Summit Volunteers Leader, Karen Shaw

Cotswold Canals Trust Chief Executive Ken Burgin, pictured above, explains… “We are keen that our members and supporters take part and demonstrate that there is a lot of interest and enthusiasm for the Cotswold Canals water transfer option.

“Technically, using the Cotswold Canals has been verified by Thames Water as a feasible means of moving up to 300 million litres of water per day, when necessary, to help overcome water shortages in London and the upper part of the Thames Valley. However, it is in competition with other alternative solutions including a pipeline on a more northerly route.

“Compared with a buried pipe, the collateral benefits of restoring the canal in terms of recreation, economic and biodiversity gains are huge. Thames Water do not like the perceived extra complexity and they think it will cost more (although CCT is analysing this). No account has been taken of external funding that might cover part or all of the difference.

“Please attend this meeting if you can!”

Ken Burgin – Chief Executive

The form of the evening is expected to be: