Link to reservoir to be laid through ancient woodland
Better water resources needed to cope with borough’s growth.
A WATER main will be laid in ancient woodland in Biddenden to meet the needs of the expanding borough.
The second stage of the scheme to transfer water resources to Ashford from Bewl Water Treatment Works was approved at a meeting of the planning committee.
The 5.5mile (9km) potable water main link will run from Cranbrook Reservoir to Cranbrook Road, Biddenden.
The main will run through Hempstead Forest, which is ancient woodland, and the project will involve the felling of more than 150 trees.
The main will be constructed in three phases and is due to be completed by 2010.
It will supply water to the thousands of new homes and businesses expected for the borough.
The first phase was completed in two stages during 2005 and 2006 when 7mile (11km) of the main between Bewl Water, Filmwell Reservoir and Cranbrook Reservoir.
The second stage is the link between Cranbrook Reservoir and Biddenden.
The final stage will link the main from Biddenden to Stubbs Cross.
Martin Bacon, managing director for Ashford’s Future, said: “This new water main link will help to secure the continued supply of water to homes and businesses in Ashford as the town’s growth continues.
“This represents another step forward in our plans.”