Plans for new water works in Swinley Forest

Published: 9 Mar 2014 17:000 comments

RESIDENTS and users of Swinley Forest are invited to have they say on plans for major new pipelines to meet the growing demand for water from Bracknell’s increasing population.

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A planning application by South East Water would see four pipelines, totalling 5.5km, installed from the forest to Birch Hill in a £6.5m project. Work would start in October and last up to five months.

Work from the roundabout in Foresters Way by the Golden Retriever pub, would cut through Swinley Forest, rejoining Nine Mile Ride just before Knightswood, and continuing up the road and along Ringmead, to Sainsbury’s roundabout.

Sections of road will be closed to allow the works to be carried out, with traffic-controlling measures in place, though details of these have yet to be finalised.

The other areas in the forest where work will take place are the Bray to Crowthorne Reservoir link; Crowthorne Reservoir to Lower Star Post; and Lower Star Post to Paschal Wood.

South East Water wants to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure all routes are kept open for mountain bikers and walkers.

Chris Love, the company’s

delivery manager, said: “We understand that Swinley Forest is a much-loved woodland and we are working to ensure that cyclists, walkers and families can continue to enjoy it without too much disruption from our works”

He described it as “an essential scheme to ensure we can meet the growing demand for water each year”.

To view the application made visit www.bracknellforest.gov.uk/viewplanningapplications and search for reference number 14/00081/FUL

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