In an interview with The Telegraph, Sir John Armitt, the chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, warned that the need for additional reservoirs was becoming increasingly urgent amid the threat of prolonged droughts.
Continuing to allow locals to veto such projects would mean that the new reservoirs Britain needs never get built, he suggested, stating: “It’s a bit like people living in the Chilterns – if it was left to them HS2 wouldn’t go through the Chilterns.”
The last reservoir for public water supply was built in 1991, amid significant local resistance to new projects.
Thames Water, which has announced plans for a hosepipe ban because of water shortages, has spent more than 15 years trying to construct a £1 billion reservoir in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, but the county council has vowed to fight its latest attempt.
Unlike what everyone’s saying, the problem isn’t the privatised companies. It’s the planning system. Therefore nationalising the water companies doesn’t solve the problem, does it?