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Abingdon Reservoir plans in 2018

Abingdon Reservoir
Plans for a reservoir south of Abingdon, on four square miles of farmland, have been suggested since the 1970s. It was in 2006 that Thames Water produced plans to build a £1bn Abingdon Reservoir on this famland to hold 150bn litres of water for the growing demand for water from London. They would dig out the earth and make high walls to create the reservoir.
Abingdon Reservoir
A local campaign group called GARD (Group Against Reservoir Development) was created to oppose the plans. The Vale of White Horse District Council also employed consultants to challenge the plan. Ofwat (the government watchdog on privatised water companies) also said Thames Water needed to do more to stop leaks before grand new projects. Then in 2011 the plans were rejected as ‘there was no immediate need‘.

Thames Water are seeking again in 2018 to build the reservoir. It makes commercial sense to them. GARD has again challenged Thames Water’s plans and provided arguments against the scheme on their website

The reservoir would :

  • take 10 years to build 
  • take 3-5 years to fill
  • change the local flood plain and so be a flood risk
  • have 25 meter high walls
  • change the local micro climate.

The villages most directly affected are Steventon, East Hanney, and Drayton. (Pictures above of farmland and pylons were taken from Kiln Lane, and Steventon Road, in Drayton. )

The Vale of White Horse district council have put this reservoir land in the Local Plan 2031 – to ensure new housing, or airport development, don’t prevent the new reservoir if it is needed. But most councillors are yet to be convinced it is needed.
Abingdon Reservoir
Water Resources Management Plans are not easy to read. You could leave it to the experts from Thames Water and GARD to produce in-depth statistics, or be the public’s voice and have your say.

The deadline if you want to have your say on the latest draft of the plan is November 28th 2018. In this latest draft, Thames Water want to bring forward the reservoir date from 2043 to 2037. That means the build process would start in 2027, possibly earlier if it takes 3-5 years to fill.

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4 Comments November 25, 2018

Christmas Fair, Christmas Market, and Local Excellence Market

There was a lot happening in Abingdon today.
Abingdon today
Trinity had a Christmas Fair.
Abingdon today
St Helen’s had a Christmas Market.
Abingdon today
At Trinity, one of the stalls was selling Christmas cards and decorations made by Trinity’s Friendship Group.
Abingdon today
At St Helen’s one of the stalls was selling books written by the Rector of St Helen’s, Revd Charles Miller, together with poetry books by Rowan Williams.
Abingdon today
On the Market Place there was a Local Excellence Market – the first of three weekend events organised by Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce. Next Saturday is the Christmas Extravaganza, and the week after is the Christmas Craft Market.
Abingdon today
Would you like to switch on the Christmas lights at the Extravaganza? Find as many elfs as you can in the town’s shop windows to get the chance.
Abingdon today
There is one elf in the shop where you can buy My First Christmas neckerchiefs.

1 Comment November 24, 2018

Like the mist, that time of year has crept up on us again

Abingdon Mist
There has been some mist over the last couple of days here in Abingdon, and it feels a little colder.
Abingdon Mist
Like a mist, that time of year has crept up on us again – the time that is so exciting for children, filled with expectation.

3 Comments November 24, 2018

Abingdon Ebay Prices

Abingdon Ebay prices
This evening, on Ebay, the 1960 Abingdon Rural District Official Guide c. 1960 fetched £13.50 plus postage.
Abingdon Ebay prices
A few days ago a postcard of Abingdon Sanatorium went for £21.88 plus postage and one of Abingdon Warren Hospital went for £22.00 plus postage.
Abingdon Ebay prices
This is a detail from a postcard that has a few days to go on Ebay. It looks interesting and will probably cost a few pounds.
Abingdon Ebay prices
The Practical Motorist advertised at H. J. Polley, on the postcard, would have cost 3d back then but will cost  £11.99 + postage now on Ebay.

1 Comment November 22, 2018

Not so Black Saturday

Steeple Saturday
The day after Black Friday is Saturday 24th November, or, as I shall refer to it – not so Black Saturday. We will be over the worst by then and St Helen’s Church will be holding their annual Christmas Market.
Steeple Saturday
Trinity Church will be holding a Christmas Fair.

These two churches can be seen from a long way away because both of them have a tall steeple. So if you see a steeple in Abingdon on Saturday morning, head towards it and take part in one of these festive events, and don’t be black anymore.

5 Comments November 21, 2018

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