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Echo speaks out for its readers in reservoir battle

The South Wales Echo has sent a clear message to Cardiff council’s planning committee over a proposed development at Llanishen Reservoir.

Western Power Distribution has put forward an application to build more than 300 houses on land at the redundant reservoir.

And the newspaper has thrown its weight behind a resident-led campaign to defeat the application and save the beauty from development, and organised a petition which has now been signed by almost 2,000 of its readers.

Now the newspaper has made the feelings of its readers clear by presenting the petition to the chairman of Cardiff council’s planning committee.

Echo editor Alastair Milburn officially presented the petition, which was collected via e-mails and coupons in the paper, to Gill Bird, on the steps of City Hall.

He said: “This has been a fantastic response from our readers and it demonstrates the strength of feeling there is over this planning application.

“We have received coupons not just from people living in the area, but from all over Cardiff and beyond.

“The reservoir is clearly a much-loved facility that must not be lost to development, and the Echo will be doing everything it can to help defeat this proposal.”

A spokeswoman for Cardiff council said the submissions from Echo readers would be taken into account by the planning committee when they meet to consider the application later this year.

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