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09 June 16

£2.5M Reservoir scheme starts

Work will begin shortly on a new £2.5m extension to a storage reservoir at Paddlesworth near Hawkinge. The extra capacity will help increase security of supply to customers in the Folkestone area and is due to be completed by autumn 2017.

The reservoir site is in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and care has been taken to ensure that environmental and visual impacts are minimised.

Project Manager Claire Sandhu said: "Our environmental consultants Cascade Consulting undertook extensive ecological surveys to assist with planning and design. The new reservoir will be less than half the size of the existing reservoir and screening and landscaping with grass banks will blend it into the landscape.

"Some trees and bushes will need to be removed but these will be replaced by new planting to the southern boundary of the site."

The site is accessed by small roads and construction traffic will be carefully managed to minimise disruption for residents. Coffey Construction will be the contractor for the scheme.

The scheme is part of a wider investment programme that also includes the building of a new pumping station at Lower Standen and several mains replacement schemes.

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