Penwhirn heightening to be discussed

AS part of a proposed dam raising planning application, Scottish Water is holding a public drop-in event on 22 November 2011 from 3.30pm to 7.00pm at Stranraer Library.

The proposal is to raise the height of the existing dam at Penwhirn Reservoir by 1.5m in order to increase storage capacity.

Nigel Graham-Smith, Asset Planner for the Wigtownshire area, said: “To comply with the requirements of The Town and Country Planning Regulations we are holding this event so local people can ask about the project and raise any questions they may have.

“This proposed work will enable Scottish Water to meet water supply demands in times of low rainfall by enhancing the amount of water the reservoir can hold.

“Penwhirn Reservoir is located to the east of Cairnryan between Mark Hill and Diddles Hill and is one of the main sources of water supply for the Wigtownshire area. It was formed from the Penwhirn Burn in the 1950’s and feeds into the nearby Penwhirn water treatment works. The reservoir also supports a recreational fishery for brown trout.”

Those willing to make comments on the proposals may do so at the above event and/or in writing to Scottish Water, Shared Service Delivery: Planning Team, Leven House, Balmore Road, Glasgow G22 6NU no later than 7th December 2011.

Local people are asked to note that all written representations must be sent to the above address and not to Dumfries and Galloway Council. An opportunity to make representations to the Council will exist when a formal planning application is made.