London needs water from the West
Report from CCT Chief Executive Ken Burgin
Thames Water (TW) has opened its draft 2015 – 2040 Water Resource Management Plan for public consultation. The use of the Cotswold Canals as a route for water to be pumped from the River Severn to the River Thames is one of the options Thames Water have to consider. And you can help them in their considerations! The result of which may mean that the capital's water could one day pass through Sapperton Tunnel!
TW's Water Resource Management draft is a detailed document with supporting technical material setting out Thames Water's plan over the next 25 years.
Transferring water from the Severn to the Thames is shown in the supporting technical documentation as an option that requires further investigation. There is an undertaking to continue work to develop this and similar schemes.
Significant doubts raised
The Severn-Thames transfer using the canal route is not at the top of TW's list. There are significant doubts about some of the things that are… and whether they will be acceptable to the public.
At present, the Trust is not satisfied by some of the conclusions of some of the technical studies carried out in evaluating the Cotswold Canals based transfer option. The Trust will be submitting a detailed response to these.
Click here, or on the picture of the two Thames Water customers right, to view the document.
CCT needs your help
You can help by accepting Thames Water's invitation to comment on their Resources Management Plan.
Your views can be made by email, by writing a letter or by calling a Freephone number. (Adddreses & number below)
Five important points
Whichever method you choose, here are five important points that you may wish to make clear.
|Click on this map to see how the existing canal route is far shorter than the northerly pipeline|
CCT Chief Executive Ken Burgin observes…
"The more people who submit comments supporting the canal route, the greater the likelihood is of the scheme being taken forward.
"Water Transfer using the Cotswold Canals offers possibly the quickest route to full restoration. It would also ensure that the canal was well maintained in the future."
Consultation open until Tuesday 23rd July
Inform TW by Email
Or, write a letter to
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
If you are unable to take part online or in writing, you can tell DEFRA what you think by calling their freephone number, 0808 178 9055. A staff member will help you to complete the feedback form over the phone. Lines are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and close at weekends and on bank holidays.
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