Monday, June 04, 2012

Let's not say goodbye

I've long been a fan, nay, a devotee of a local piece of water, known as Cupwith (which we locals pronounce cup-earth).  It's not a big piece of water and probably matters not to anyone but the wildlife and those of us who knew Cupwith as the boundary of our childhood territory.

Recently, for some unknown reason, somebody in their infinite wisdom deemed Cupwith a large enough body of water that it be officially classified and recognised as a "reservoir".

I am guessing that Cupwith's upgraded designation now means that the local water company and council have an added responsibility to push paper around on its behalf.  The long and short of this is that a friend recently pointed out to me that a planning notice had been issued to the effect that Cupwith is now to be drained off, finished, done away with.... it's about to become an ex-reservoir!!  Health and safety gone crackers!

Of course, the closing date for objections to this planning proposal has long since expired and as such we have simply to sit back and watch this majestic piece of water turn into a muddy "puddle".

Anyway, in a fitting tribute, I've been up to cup-earth and took a few photographs.... you can see them here!

Oh Cupwith, this isn't goodbye, it's merely au reservoir!

10 comments:

  1. Why the heck are "they" draining it? Does some councillor want to build a holiday home there or something?

    I really wish that the twerps-that-be would cotton on to the notion that the countryside is NOT "unused land awaiting development"!

    Grr. And argh even.

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    1. I could go into this in some depth - indeed, it's now deemed "unsafe" for whatever reason.... I'll come back to this with a web address for anyone that wishes to investigate further - the beurocratic reports did me in!
      Long and short - concrete drain to be installed..... grass seed to be sown!

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  2. It might be worth it just for that last line of yours.

    But aren't we supposed to need all the reservoirs we can lay our hands on these days?

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    1. As is so often the case.... the last line is always the best!
      Bureaucratic nonsense.... the reservoir's been there as long as I have but for some unkonwn reason the Environment Agency have apparently flagged it as being "dangerous"!?!?!?!?!?

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  3. You had me feeling quite emotional... up until "au reservoir". Then I actually cried.

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    1. Can't decide to be flattered or apologetic!!

      I'll miss Cupwith!

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  4. Well that's rather sad. Unlike Rol, I didn't cry for I'm made of Yorkshire granite. There are two old reservoirs just over the border in Derbyshire - Ramsley and Barbrook - and they have both been drained though, as at these moorland locations, you may find that not all of the water disappears and an interesting marshy habitat may be left behind.

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    1. It needs leaving alone.... the reservoir status need removing and it just needs leaving alone.... I've seen the plans and they're not great! I will try to post a link to the proposal if anyone can be arsed to sift through it!

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  5. madness.....
    makes a change of flooding tiny rural villages to make anothe one I suppose!

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    1. You'd be hard pushed to find a tiny rural village to flood these days....

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