Jenny Willott MP welcomes purchase of Llanishen Reservoir but warns ‘residents are watching’

September 6, 2013 9:07 AM

Jenny Willott MP

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, has welcomed the purchase of Llanishen Reservoir by steel-producer Celsa and is cautiously optimistic about their intentions for the site.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats in Cardiff are arranging a meeting with the new owners to present a petition instigated by the local party, calling for the reservoir to be refilled and restored to its former state after 10 years of fighting former owner Western Distribution Power's plans to build a housing estate on the site. The petition has collected thousands of signatures. It is hoped that Celsa will be receptive to the idea of refilling Llanishen Reservoir and re-opening the site to allow public access.

Jenny Willott MP said:

"I am pleased to see the site sold by Western Distribution Power, who had deprived local people of a much loved space for outdoor activities and were trying to ram through an unwanted development against the wishes of residents. I hope the move by Celsa to purchase Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs will mark a significant change in approach. Apparently the purchase is intended to secure water supplies for Celsa's steel works in Tremorfa. This should be completely compatible with the wishes of the local community - for the reservoir to be refilled and the public once again given access to the area.

"Celsa should take note that campaigners will be watching their next move. Welsh Liberal Democrats and RAG have collected nearly 2,600 signatures from concerned local residents, calling for the reservoir to be refilled and restored to its former glory. People care hugely about this important local resource and Celsa need to be aware that local residents will be watching closely and they will be held to account for their decisions regarding the reservoirs."

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