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 Why Don't you just Share the Water??

This is the question that many of you may be asking and of course it is very relevant.

This is what happened- It's a sad sorry story

A few months after we had bought the Mill we offered to do a joint scheme with Weaver's Mill but it was rejected.
In March 2010 the ea told us they were minded to refuse our license as they didn't know what to do. We offered to reduce to 6.8 cumecs but wanted first call on the water as we were ready to go- Weaver's Mill were not.- Nothing happened- no response from the EA!

The EA fought a Judicial Review on the basis that there was not enough water for two schemes. We even had a meeting about it with all parties- but there was still not enough water.

Through FOI we were given two emails from Weaver's Mill stating that due to Financial Constraints and Access issues they could not mend the weir if it failed!!!

HOW COULD ANY SANE PERSON CONSIDER PUTTING IN A SPLIT-SCHEME WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE PERSON THE OTHER SIDE COULD CAUSE SUCH PROBLEMS.- We have asked if this is still the case but the EA state this is not in their remit- BUT IT OBVIOUSLY is IN OURS.

Since the return of the consent order the EA tried to force a split scheme- they were happy to go against GPG- 1.3 x Qmean!,- without advertising,- knowing that the turbines would fight against each other - that they could not control Hands off Flow!- the consent order stated one scheme.

This would have sorted out the problem for the environment Agency but would left the rest of us and the environment in a complete mess.

So why don't you have one scheme and share?
  -animosity created by the EA hasn't helped!
 - Technological Differences-We had been told by the EA that Archimedes Screws are they way to go- Weaver's Mill want the opportunity to build their own Kaplan ( we are not confident this will work as efficiently as a German manufactured one!)
- We have been fighting for so long and so hard that time for negotiation and sharing has been lost
- we remain financially disadvantaged due to the EA.

However we have maintained that the EA had the opportunity for one large scheme which controlled the water and then one smaller scheme- but they felt this wasn't fair!




 


  

 
     

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