Thames Water refreshes plan for Abingdon Reservoir, despite opposition from GARD
GARD chairman Derek Stork, a former nuclear physicist, feared there was now a ‘strong possibility’ that Thames Water will favour the reservoir in its final document.
Writing in a GARD newsletter this month, he said: “They have either ignored, or over-ridden with dubious arguments, the majority of critical comments coming from stakeholders like GARD.
“Other [water] sources are less costly, less damaging to the environment, less disruptive to local communities and more robust against climate change.”
Alternative options also in the most recent shortlist include desalination plants and abstraction of water from the Lower Thames.