Row over water pumping station deepens

PUBLISHED: 19:02 03 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

LEADING Lib Dem councillor Nigel Quinton has stepped in over the row about the sitting of a new pumping station in WGC. The WHT reported last month how residents in The Vineyards, WGC, were angered by the decision of Three Valleys Water to build a station

LEADING Lib Dem councillor Nigel Quinton has stepped in over the row about the sitting of a new pumping station in WGC.

The WHT reported last month how residents in The Vineyards, WGC, were angered by the decision of Three Valleys Water to build a station just yards from their houses with little consultation.

Cllr Quinton said: "Someone in the council needs to explain quite how they came to sell land to Three Valleys knowing full well that a pumping station was to be built on it.

"Residents were told works were being undertaken to lay new pipes, but no mention was made of the above ground pumping station, which will ruin the visual amenity and be a noise nuisance, until after the works were completed."

A spokeswoman for Three Valleys Water said: "Three Valleys Water is investing £5m to improve the water supply to customers in WGC.

"In order to successfully complete the work it is essential that we install a booster pump in The Vineyards to support the water supply to over 1,500 customers.

"We understand some customers concerns but this work is essential in terms of supporting the local water supply."

A council spokeswoman said: "We sold the land to Three Valleys Water at its request to ensure that the required water pressure to the area was maintained.

"Had we not done so, Three Valleys Water could have used its statutory powers and effectively obtained the land compulsorily.


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