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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

 

GARD CHAIRMAN BRIEFS COUNCIL

January 2017
GARD Chairmen Derek Stork has recently briefed local Parish Councils on the Reservoir threat still contained in Thames Water's plans."
Download PDF version of the Council Briefing Document


GARD CHAIRMAN UPDATES THE PRESENT POSITION

November 2014
We continue to concentrate on holding Thames Water (TW) to account in their researches into the main options for a major water resource to supply London’s needs from 2030 onwards.
These options are:
*Re-use of treated waste water,
*Bulk water storage in times of plenty (new reservoirs),
*Transfer of water from the R.Severn to the R.Thames,
*Desalinisation.

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GARD’s ACCLAIMED WEBSITE CONTINUES TO ATTRACT HUNDREDS OF VISITORS EACH MONTH
November 2014

the content of GARD’s website is widely recognised for its combination of technical professionalism and easy-to-read style. Remarkably, during the 12 months to end October 2014, this website received 7200 visits, of which 62% were repeats. Our website is designed to inform and to convince those logging on to it. Our aim is to target water experts, national & local governmental agencies & officials, politicians, journalists, teachers & students as well as a wide range of interested members of the public, especially local residents with a vital concern for the outcome of Thames Water’s planning intentions.


 

GARD REJECTS THAMES WATER’S WORKING ASSUMPTIONS EVALUATING SEVERN THAMES TRANSFER OPTION
September 2014

Following the Public Inquiry, the Inspector rejected Thames Water’s proposal for the Upper Thames Reservoir (UTR) near Abingdon for inclusion in their 2014-2019 Plan, and required them to examine in detail an alternative of a water transfer from the Severn to Thames. Thames Water are continuing their studies of this option which has long been advocated by GARD and others. At present, these studies are focusing on possible environmental impacts of such transfers.
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Click here to download a PDF of GARD’s full report.


GARD’S RESPONSE TO THAMES WATER’S NEW CONSULTATION DOCUMENT July 2013

GARD has already responded in detail to Thames Water’s proposed plan by pointing out serious errors and inconsistencies in their calculations, and the data on which TW has based their plan. GARD has instead put forward alternatives which focus on water supply options. Click the link below for GARD’s full response to the public consultation, which has been sent to Defra, the Environment Agency, Ofwat, the Consumer Council for Water, CPRE and the Cotswold Canal Trust
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Click here to download a PDF of GARD’s full response to the public consultation.


RESERVOIR REJECTED – 2009 PLAN MUST BE RE-EVALUATED

The Secretary of State for DEFRA published the 2011 report by Inspector Wendy Burden on the Thames Water draft Water Resources Plan following the Public Inquiry. She has accepted the Inspector’s conclusions which were that the plan did not meet the statutory requirements under the Water Industry Act, and that the measures Thames Water proposed should be adopted were not fully justified by the evidence.
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PRESS RELEASE 10th May 2010
Thames Water reservoir proposals will cause environmental destruction

GARD has highlighted studies which show that Thames Water’s proposals for a new Abingdon reservoir would create great environmental damage and habitat destruction on and around the reservoir site. MORE

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PRESS RELEASE 26th April 2010
Abingdon Reservoir would increase serious flood risk 

GARD is warning that local land and villages will be hit by more flooding in the future if plans to build Abingdon Reservoir get the go‐ahead. The area is already susceptible to flooding with many homes in South Abingdon and nearby villages, such as Steventon, being flooded as recently as 2007. MORE

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PRESS RELEASE 12th April 2010
Thames Water reveals 10 year Abingdon reservoir construction blight.

GARD has brought to light an environmental report, commissioned by Thames Water, which sets out that their proposed Abingdon reservoir would create massive upheaval and environmental damage. There would be up to 900 vehicle movements on and off the site, potentially causing huge inconvenience and delays at the A34/Marcham interchange, which is already very busy at peak times. MORE

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We should change the landscape of peoples’ minds rather than the landscape of Oxfordshire.

Bruce Tremayne, recently retired Chairman of CPRE Oxfordshire, criticises the rush to construct a reservoir before other options have been exhausted... MORE