Cheddar reservoir will provide water to Burnham-On-Sea area
to build a huge new reservoir which will provide water to the
Burnham-On-Sea area could begin in 2016.
Located in the Hythe Lane area of Cheddar, the spot was chosen
after Bristol Water ruled out the other potential locations in
Wookey, Clutton, Axbridge and Banwell.
The proposed new development will occupy hundreds of acres of
pasture land besides Wedmore Road and will be sited next to the
existing reservoir, doubling Bristol Waters site.
The water giant says it will consult closely with residents,
land owners and the parish council over the next three years before
The company said in a statement this week: "The Cheddar
site has emerged as the firm favourite on economic, environmental
and geological grounds."
Jeremy Williams of Bristol Water added that the company will
engage in full consultations with the community and said one of
the reservoirs would be given over to recreation while the other
will be more the preserve of wildlife.
The area most likely to be affected is the land farmed by Roy
and David Parsons who raise beef cattle and sheep off Hythe Lane.
Based on Bristol Waters indicative image only two or three
homes would be lost.
Burnham's MP, Tessa Munt, said: "I am pleased that a decision
has been made so that local people know where they stand. I have
been contacted by many constituents about Bristol Waters
different proposals over the last few months, and their views
have been passed on."
"I am concerned that Bristol Water takes every possible
step to save and conserve our water before any new reservoir building
takes place ensuring its pipes are not leaking, that the
silt in our existing reservoir is minimised, and that water meters
are installed as widely as possible."
"I would invite anyone with concerns to contact me in writing,
by telephone or at one of my many local surgeries and advice centres
in the area."