Wa­ter plans are in pipe­line

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Nick Cullen

New link from Bewl reser­voir will in­crease flow

A PAM­PHLET ex­plain­ing how it hopes wa­ter will be sup­plied to Ash­ford as it ex­pands has been pro­duced by the coun­cil. With 31,000 more houses sched­uled to be built by 2031, al­most dou­bling the town’s size, wa­ter pro­vi­sion is cer­tain to be a press­ing is­sue over the next few years.

The book­let, Wa­ter for Ash­ford, was pro­duced by Ash­ford’s Fu­ture, a branch of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, in con­junc­tion with the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and the De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

It sets out the of­fi­cial strat­egy for pro­vid­ing wa­ter to the town, con­cen­trat­ing on the mea­sures for the next five years, which in­clude Mid Kent Wa­ter fin­ish­ing a new pipe­line into the area from Bewl reser­voir, Lam­ber­hurst.

Abi­gail Ray­mond, act­ing di­rec­tor of Ash­ford’s Fu­ture, said: “Suc­cess­ful wa­ter man­age­ment is a cru­cial fac­tor in Ash­ford’s growth.

“This strat­egy gives us the way for­ward to tackle wa­ter is­sues to en­sure the growth does not come at an en­vi­ron­men­tal cost.”

Howard David­son, re­gional di­rec­tor of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, said: “This book­let shows the ben­e­fits of work­ing to­gether for a bet­ter Ash­ford and a healthy River Stour.”

The pam­phlet Wa­ter for Ash­ford is avail­able at the Civic Cen­tre in Tan­nery Lane, Ash­ford and also on­line at www.ash­fordb est­placed.co.uk

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