Your say on water services plan for the next 60 years

Map shows how the proposed reservoir at Broad Oak would fit into its environment

Plans for the future of Canterbury’s future tap water system go on display later this month.

South East Water is consulting on detailed proposals aimed at ensuring supply to the city and surrounding areas for the next 60 years.

The firm will be exhibiting its plan for a reservoir at Broad Oak and holding public consultations in Tyler Hill, Broad Oak and Sturry.

Lee Dance, Head of Water Resources at South East Water, said: “We’re looking far into the future, right to 2080, to make sure we have a secure and resilient water supply for homes and businesses in east Kent, while also balancing the needs of the environment and keeping customers’ bills down.

“We know plans for a reservoir at Broad Oak have been in the pipeline for many decades, and we’re now at a point where we’re moving forward with design work.

South East Water is consulting on reservoir plan

“As part of that we’re keen to hear what the local community think of the reservoir plan so far and incorporate any further ideas they have into the latest proposal.”

The proposal is part of the company’s draft Water Resources Management Plan which looks at how it will meet the extra demand for tap water over the next 60 years.

“The reservoir is one scheme amongst a range of others across the south east which represents a £1 billion investment in water supply infrastructure,” Mr Dance added.

“We’ve developed our plans with input from customers, communities, other water suppliers and our stakeholders and takes into account forecasts of future population and housing growth as well as the uncertainty of climate change.”

People can comment on the draft plan until May 21 when the consultation closes.

The public are invited to see the proposals and comment on them at a series of exhibitions:

  • Monday, April 23 from 2.30pm to 8pm at Tyler’s Kiln, Hackington Road, Tyler Hill, CT2 9NE
  • Tuesday, April 24 from noon to 8pm at Broad Oak Village Hall, Shallock Road, Broad Oak, Canterbury, CT2 0QH
  • Thursday, April 26 from 12.30pm to 8pm at Sturry Social Centre, Mill Rd, Sturry, CT2 0AN


  1. Back to that old chestnut again originally way back somewhere in the 1940s when they bought most of that land it was proposed over the years there was opposition to it, originally because of the biodiversity. So cleverly, or so a cynic like me viewed it, the farmed land became less and less diverse. Deep ploughing became the norm although illegal now. But this deep ploughing broke through the natural clay basin in of the proposed reservoir, so nowadays the original idea is gone and a false bottom would need to be installed which will probably cost loads more than they expect, let’s face it there things always do. So who do you think these private water companies that make a fortune for their shareholders out if the rest of us would go to for the cash. Hmmmm I wonder? The government? Ooh probably, where would they get it from. Your guess is as good as mine


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