Link to reser­voir to be laid through an­cient wood­land

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Kirsty Parkin

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.

En­sure

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.”

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