Plans for where Canterbury’s future tap water could come from over the next 60 years go on public display later this month.

South East Water will be exhibiting its latest proposal for a reservoir at Broad Oak and gathering thoughts from the community as part of a series of public consultation events in Tyler Hill, Broad Oak and Sturry.

The proposal forms part of the company’s draft Water Resources Management Plan which looks at how it will meet the extra demand for tap water over the next 60 years.

The community can comment on the draft plan until 21 May when the consultation closes.

Lee Dance, Head of Water Resources at South East Water, said: “We’re looking far into the future, right to 2080, to make sure we have a secure and resilient water supply for homes and businesses in east Kent, while also balancing the needs of the environment and keeping customers’ bills down.

“We know plans for a reservoir at Broad Oak have been in the pipeline for many decades, and we’re now at a point where we’re moving forward with design work. As part of that we’re keen to hear what the local community think of the reservoir plan so far and incorporate any further ideas they have into the latest proposal.

“The reservoir is one scheme amongst a range of others across the south east which represents a £1 billion investment in water supply infrastructure. We’ve developed our plans with input from customers, communities, other water suppliers and our stakeholders and takes into account forecasts of future population and housing growth as well as the uncertainty of climate change.”

The public are invited to see the proposals and comment on them at a series of exhibitions taking place on:

  • Monday 23 April 2018 from 14.30 to 20.00 at Tyler’s Kiln, Hackington Road, Tyler Hill, CT2 9NE
  • Tuesday 24 April 2018 from 12.00 to 20.00 at Broad Oak Village Hall, Shallock Road, Broad Oak, Canterbury, CT2 0QH
  • Thursday 26 April 2018 from 12.30 to 20.00 at Sturry Social Centre, Mill Rd, Sturry, CT2 0AN

The draft plan is also available to view at the company’s offices in Rocfort Road, Snodland ME6 5AH, as well as on the company’s dedicated web page where consultation feedback can also be submitted.

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