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This website has been created using the best information available to GARD at the time of its compilation. The opinions expressed are based on GARD’s perception of the issues involved and the stance taken by Thames Water

 

LATEST NEWS

March 2020

Abingdon Reservoir – Latest News from GARD


As we reported in January, Ofwat and The Environment Agency have responded to water companies’ plans by requiring a major strategic study to inform fresh plans for water resources across the South-East.  GARD will be closely monitoring developments during the research period, likely to be the next three years.  In the meantime, we will not be ‘putting our feet up’ and waiting for the outcomes of the research.  We intend to keep up the pressure on the water companies and continue to ensure that government ministers, local MPs, councillors and all other stakeholders are kept well informed.
GARD’s executive Committee met in February and agreed a number of actions:

  • We will continue to work with local parish and district councils as well as Oxfordshire County Council and encourage them to engage with the consultation process.  Initially, they should all register their interest as stakeholders in the strategic study. Several have already done so, and more have agreed.  We are hoping to bring councils and other interested local parties together so that they can present a united front as stakeholders in the study process. The interests of Oxfordshire residents will be better served if we can act together.
  • We will continue to press our view that the abandonment of water companies extracting from threatened chalk streams, something which we wholly support, does NOT require the reservoir to be constructed (as is put out in Thames Water and Affinity Water propaganda). In concert with CPRE in Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire we will press for our cheaper, more easily delivered options, using existing reservoirs near London or water transfers from the Midlands to supply the Hertfordshire Chiltern area and take the pressure off the streams.
  • GARD will  commission an extended study into the issue of flooding in the reservoir area, as we doubt that Thames Water will include such a study as part of their research.  We hope that this will give us detailed information about the risks for each of the surrounding villages as well as South Abingdon.

GARD’s AGM will be on Tuesday 28 April at 7:30 pm in the Millennium room, Steventon village hall.  We urge you to attend if you can.  We are also looking to broaden our committee and would particularly welcome interest from villages other than Steventon.  Please contact Deborah Bennett at gard.secretary@gmail.com for further information.

 


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ABOUT GARD (Group Against Reservoir Development). GARD is a group of individuals whose aim is to identify and promote viable solutions to meet the future needs of water users in the Thames Water Region. GARD is advised by eminent water industry practitioners. Our committee is composed of voluntary, unpaid members with technical experience, each of whom is free from any political or vested interests. Click here for names of committee members and advisors.

 

 
NEWS BRIEFING

December 2019

Ofwat publishes 'final' (for now!) view on Thames Water/Affinity Reservoir plans

Water company plans not yet justified
The 'final view' of the Water Regulator (Ofwat) on the Water Companies' plans for 2019-2024 has been published  (16th December), much delayed because of the General Election. The section of the decisions relating to future water resources can be found at Ofwat Strategic Study

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September 2019

THE PROPOSED ABINGDON RESERVOIR
AN UPDATE FROM GARD

It may have gone a bit quiet but the
mega reservoir proposal has not gone away!

As reported in July, we are awaiting the decision of the Secretary of State on the Thames Water and Affinity plans. We know that the regulators (Ofwat and the Environment Agency) are not convinced by their proposals. They have asked for a strategic study into water supply for the whole of the South East (including a possible reservoir, but also other schemes advocated by GARD), with completion for decision by 2022.

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July 2019:
A different kind of GARD UPDATE

We are still awaiting the decision of the Secretary of State on the Thames Water and Affinity plans. We know that the regulators (Ofwat and the Environment Agency) are not convinced of their proposals. We hear that a strategic study will be made on water supply for the whole of the South East   (including a possible reservoir, but also other schemes advocated by GARD), with completion for decision in 2022. Watch this space.

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Affinity Water's plans for the reservoir.
Deadline 26th April 2019

Affinity Water publish their plan for consultation – partnership on reservoir with Thames Water is 'preferred option'

As we reported last month, Affinity Water published their revised draft Water Resources Management Plan 2019-2024 (known as rdWRMP19) on 1st March. The consultation on this plan runs until 26th April.
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Ofwat slam Thames Water and Affinity Water business plans – put them 'in the slow lane' for approval.

As was widely reported in the press, Ofwat, the water regulator, has issued a damaging report on several water companies' business plans and said they are not fit for purpose. Foremost amongst these are Thames Water and Affinity, who have not received approval to proceed.


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Report from GARD  - March-April 2019

Affinity Water publish their plan for consultation – partnership on reservoir with Thames Water is 'preferred option'


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The previously proposed Abingdon reservoir layout.

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