Campaigners win reservoir wildlife battle

THE owner of a disused reservoir has been told to re-think a safety improvement scheme after campaigners objected to a proposed reduction in water levels.

Wildlife enthusiasts and ramblers opposed plans for a new overflow system at Cupwith Reservoir, on moorland above Huddersfield.

Site owner, Dartmouth Estates, was told earlier this year to carry out safety improvements at the site.

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Kirklees councillors rejected a scheme that would have seen the water substantially drained, although the owner does not actually need permission to carry this out.

The planning application was for a new overflow system that would allow the reservoir to drain at a much lower level.

Campaigners claimed the scheme would damage wildlife and ruin the enjoyment of walkers. This was disputed by experts.