Consultation over £10m reservoir erosion project

Anglian Water visitor operations manager Kevin Appleton shows an area of land erosion at Rutland Water
Anglian Water visitor operations manager Kevin Appleton shows an area of land erosion at Rutland Water
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LAND erosion has caused a company to spend £10m on redeveloping its shorelines.

Anglian Water, which owns Rutland Water, will hold a consultation on Thursday to discuss its plans with members of the public.

In total about seven miles of Rutland Water’s shoreline will be protected from erosion by using a porous matting.

Anglian Water visitor operations manager Kevin Appleton said: “This is an important project across a number of our reservoirs to ensure they remain in great condition for all to enjoy.

“Rutland Water is a vital part of the community and an exceptional habitat for wildlife. This is why we want to engage with the community to explain what we are doing and why.”

A drop-in session is being held at the Egleton Bird Watching Centre on Thursday next week between 4pm and 7pm, to allow residents to ask questions about the project and learn how the work will be carried out.

Mr Appleton said: “It may be hard to believe that you can get coastal-like erosion in landlocked Rutland, but the effects of the wind on these large bodies of open water often causes waves which overtime cause some undercutting of the embankments and leads to small collapses on some of the banks.

“Regrettably, with a project of this scale some disruption is inevitable. Sections of the footpath on the south shore of Hambleton peninsula will be closed between May and June with a short section closed from May until August.”

The consultation will be held at Egleton Bird Watching Centre on Thursday between 4pm and 7pm for people to find out more.