Anthrax claims have proved unfounded
CLAIMS that anthrax-infected animal carcasses were buried on part of the proposed site of the second Cheddar Reservoir have proved unfounded.
When the claims were made, Bristol Water said it would take them seriously and investigate fully.
No documentary evidence of the post-First World War burials could be found and geo-physical analysis of the ground in question showed no anomalies.
However, to be absolutely sure, and at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds, the company commissioned specialist contractors to investigate further.
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They drilled a series of boreholes on the specific site and found no evidence of carcasses. In addition, soil samples were taken. Laboratory tests on the samples have now confirmed that there is no trace of anthrax.
Jeremy Williams, spokesman for the reservoir project said: “We are pleased to be able to set local people’s minds at rest about this issue.
“It has turned out be a wild goose chase – but we do thank the well-meaning person who drew our attention to the possibility in the first place.”
Bristol Water’s car park on the Axbridge side of Cheddar Reservoir will be unavailable to the public for two days next week, while it is resurfaced.
The improvements involve excavating and levelling the car park and relaying existing tarmac.
The work will start on Wednesday (September 18) and will be completed by Friday.
Similar improvements have already been carried out at the Sharpham Road car park on the other side of the reservoir.