Document ReferenceRE/WR/RS
TitlePapers relating to the development of a reservoir at Carsington, Derbyshire; 1969-1973
Date Of Creation1969-1973
Extent8 boxes
Content DescriptionTrent River Authority's report published in 1968: 'Water Resources - A Preliminary Study', identified a number of possible reservoir sites within the catchments of the Rivers Dove and Derwent, but detailed geological surveys were permitted at Brund (in the Peak District National Park) and Winkhill, Derbyshire. This work was carried out by Soil Mechanics Ltd. G.H. Hill & Sons were appointed to report on the suitability of sites in the River Dove catchment, and Binnie & Partners on the River Derwent. The August 1971 Trent River Authority Report: Water Resources - A First Development, concluded that there were three suitable sites, Brund (which had already been investigated), Carsington and Hassop. In March and April 1971, the Authority applied to the Secretary of State for the Environment for Orders under Section 67 of the Water Resources Act 1963 to begin site investigations at Carsington and Hassop, resulting in a large number of objections and the holding of a Public Inquiry in September and October 1971. Following the Inquiry, in June 1972 the Secretary of State decided to make only the Carsington Site Investigation Order, so work began in August 1972 although the reservoir was not filled until 1992.

A series of copies of the significant documents which record these developments have been assembled by the Authority and labelled 1 to 69 (incomplete); accompanying these are bundles of correspondence, reports, proofs of evidence, maps and newspaper cuttings, some of which are marked as belonging to Mr Nixon, Engineer to the Authority, and some contain annotations, notes on meetings with Counsel in preparation for Public Inquiries, which may be Nixon's own. Complementing these are a series of printed reports which are not already included in the numbered sequence.

Carsington Reservoir Scheme was intended to meet growing demand for water by regulating the flows of the Rivers Dove and Derwent, with water pumped from the River Dove into the reservoir during winter months, and low flows in the already heavily utilised Derwent being augmented with water via Henmore Brook. Consulting Engineers on the scheme were G.H. Hill & Sons of Cheshire, Planning Consultants were Colin Buchanan & Partners of London, the Landscape Architect was D. Thornley of Cheshire, and the Land Agent and Valuers were John German & Son of Staffordshire. It was intended that the following water undertakers would be supplied by the scheme: Nottingham City Water Department, Staffordshire Potteries Water Board, River Dove Water Board, and the South Derbyshire Water Board.

Note that these records do not cover the later years of the construction of the reservoir dam or its eventual filling and opening for leisure use in 1992.

The Water Resources Section files relating to the same subject include some later material, including the promotion of the reservoir and its recreational development [see RH/WR/P].
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