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So many reasons why reservoir should not be built on; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION...

IT WAS disappointing to read Dr Hughes' comments to the Llanishen Reservoir public planning inquiry and reported in the Echo (July 12) with regards to refilling Llanishen Reservoir.

His views seem to be mainly financial, showing an attitude complicit with the saying "knows the cost of everything but the value of nothing".

In a report prepared by Dr Hughes for reservoir owner Western Power Distribution, Dr Hughes made an absurd suggestion to empty the reservoir to inspect a valve.

Independent dam expert Chris Binnie has said there was nothing wrong with this valve that required the emptying of the reservoir.

Dr Hughes is clearly in line with the views of his employer, WPD.

The truth is the reservoirs are a key resource for the community, providing an opportunity for outdoor recreation.

Also if climate change scientists are right then reservoirs will get short of water in the coming century and Llanishen Reservoir could be put back into use, saving huge sums in the building of another reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Also it was disappointing to read the comments of expert witness Jonathan Edis, of Heritage Collective, to the same inquiry ('Reservoir would be safer if we build houses on site', Echo, July 13).

He suggests infilling the reservoir with earth then building houses on top would safeguard the listed dam structure. Surely the listed dam structure has to be a stand-alone structure? Otherwise if infilled it just becomes a retaining wall and not a dam.

Hopefully the planning inquiry will come to the right decision, which is to leave Llanishen Reservoir in place as a fantastic asset for recreation and relaxation.

* Chris Lewis Cathays, Cardiff
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 19, 2011
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