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Plans approved for £125m reservoir in Somerset

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.

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Cheddar student lands dream job

Brrr...it's cold up here Credit: ITV News Westcountry

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.

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Hedgehog recovering after prickly encounter

Crispian poses with a crisp packet similar to the one he got stuck in Credit: Prickles Hedgehog Rescue

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.

To find out more about the sanctuary, click here

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