Abingdon Reservoir back on the cards!

The previously proposed Abingdon reservoir layout

19th February 2018

Thames Water has finally published its draft Water Resources Management Plan 2019 – the Abingdon reservoir is included in the Plan, but is pushed back until 2043.

Thames Water has finally published its dWRMP19 (draft Water Resources Management Plan 2019) which sets out details of current water supply, future challenges and the proposed plan to provide a secure and sustainable future water supply through to 2100.
The Abingdon Reservoir proposal is included, although it is pushed back until 2043.  
The draft Plan is open for consultation until 29 April.
See details of the consultation below.
CPRE Oxfordshire will be submitting a response to the consultation, which will, amongst other things, be questioning Thames Water’s population assumptions, and we will of course be liaising closely with GARD (the reservoir campaign group). 
Thames Water is holding a public event to discuss the dWRMP on:
Tuesday 20 February, 7:00 – 8:30 pm,  NEACA Community Centre, Lindsay Drive, Abingdon OX14 2RT.
GARD is also holding a series of public events: 
Drayton — Village Hall – Small Hall – Wednesday 28th February – 7.30pm for 8.00pm
Steventon – Village Hall – Millennium Room – Monday 5th March – 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Hanney – Olde Hanney Room – Tuesday 6th March – 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
Please go along and find out more!
Have your say!
Details of the consultation and the draft Thames Water Plan can be found on the Thames Water website
You can respond online, by email or by letter.
All responses to the public consultation will be shared with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
What next?
In August 2018 Thames Water will publish a report setting out the comments received, and explaining how it has taken these into account in revising its plan.
The report will be sent to everyone who has participated in the consultation and will also be published on the Thames Water website.
Thames Water will then submit its revised water plan to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, based on advice from the Environment Agency, and with consideration of the responses to the consultation, will decide if it is necessary to have further discussion on the plan or approve it.
CPRE Oxfordshire, 19 February