A scheme to build a huge reservoir in Somerset has moved a step closer after being approved by Sedgemoor District Council. The £125m storage facility would be built close to the existing Cheddar reservoir to meet increasing demand for supplies.
Bristol Water needs final approval from Ofwat before the plans can go ahead. The industry regulator is due to consider the scheme in the autumn. But it could take another year or two before work starts. Archaeologists are currently sweeping the site in advance of any construction work.
A spokesman for Bristol Water said: "The company believes that the reservoir, if built, will provide a much needed new source of water in Somerset - as well as being of enormous long term recreational and conservation benefit."
*CGI video from Bristol Water shows how the reservoir might look.
The plan to build a major new reservoir at Cheddar in Somerset is reaching a key stage. The second phase of public consultation begins today. Bristol Water says a new one is needed to cope with a rise in demand over the coming decade. The reservoir is expected to cost around £100 million.
The late spring has meant a later strawberry crop than usual, with growers struggling to fill supermarket shelves. But the later crop does have at least one upside: it means the slower-growing strawberries are sweeter than usual.
David Woodland's been to Somerset's famous strawberry hotspot, the Cheddar Valley.
A second man has discovered he is related to the so-called Cheddar Man. Australian Craig Dent took a DNA test to help trace his family tree. He found it matched the 9,000-year-old skeleton. Mr Dent visited Somerset where he met the first man to find a link - Adrian Targett.
And a lucky student from Cheddar in Somerset has landed his dream summer job. Seb Smith successful applied to be 'water-slide tester' for a holiday company. He beat off competition from 2,000 applicants.
Seb will now spend six months travelling the world to ride and rate slides in exotic locations.
As the consultation period opens on Bristol Water's plans for a second reservoir in Cheddar, our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland caught up with people visiting the existing one. He asked them what they think of the scheme, which includes an aerial walkway, cafe and swimming area.
A consultation begins today on a second reservoir in Cheddar. Bristol Water wants to spend £100 million building on land next to the current one. The company says it is needed as more people move into the area.
A hedgehog that got stuck in a crisp packet behind railings is recovering at a sanctuary in Cheddar. It took six people three and a half hours to rescue Crispian, as he's been named. His ordeal has made him an international star with regular requests for updates about his progress.
He will stay at Prickles Hedgehog Rescue for the winter as he is too small to survive hibernation. Staff hope to release him in spring when he will be much bigger and the weather is warmer.