Reservoir build to be noisy but ‘necessary’

Water Plans: Severn Trent Water Dams and Reservoirs Manager Ian Hope and Senior Project Manager Andy Dawe look over the plans for the new Ambergate Reservoir at the Glebe Field Centre in Crich.

Water Plans: Severn Trent Water Dams and Reservoirs Manager Ian Hope and Senior Project Manager Andy Dawe look over the plans for the new Ambergate Reservoir at the Glebe Field Centre in Crich.

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Water company Severn Trent says it will try to minimise the effect on residents during the four-year renovation of Ambergate Reservoir.

Project manager for the company Duncan Wratten , said it is to set up a liaison group between residents and the company to work through any issues encountered by those nearby during the build.

He said: “A project of this size will have impact on the local community. We obviously want to minimise that.”

Amber Valley planning board members gave the plan to shut down the existing 92-year-old reservoir at Ambergate and build a new 66 by 100 metre one beside it, the go ahead on Monday. Council officers placed 66 planning conditions on the developer to minimise noise, dust, traffic and the ecological damage caused by the build, which Severn Trent describes as 
‘necessary’.

The aging reservoir serves the East Midlands.

Phase one of the build will last from 2013 until 2015, and will involve digging out the new reservoir and laying access roads. Phase two, from 2015 to 2017, will see the old reservoir decommissioned and a new one built within its current footprint. A 138 name petition was handed into the council by nearby residents in Crich and Fritchley asking for restrictions to be placed on vehicle movements. HGV movements will be limited from 9am to 3pm.