Nestlé Waters is to withdraw its plans for a controversial new pipeline through the centre of Buxton, the Advertiser can exclusively reveal.
The drinks firm planned to run the pipeline up Fairfield Road to a proposed new bottling plant at Waterswallows.
But the proposed route of the pipeline was greeted with widespread concern over the effect the disruption would have on the main route into Buxton, and its possible impact on businesses, residents and commuters.
In a statement issued to the Advertiser this afternoon, Matthew Beddoe, from Nestlé Waters, said: “During the planning process to date we have taken advice from a great number of experts and authorities in drawing up our proposals. We have also undertaken extensive public consultation throughout which has seen us gain overwhelming support for our plans.
“However, through listening to the various views from the community and High Peak Borough Council on the planned pipeline route, we have decided to withdraw the application for the pipeline route on Fairfield Road.
“We are continuing to liaise with the relevant bodies as we investigate alternative routes which will now only cross the A6 (Fairfield Road).”
Nestlé announced in November its intention to move from its present Station Road site to a purpose-built, modern bottling facility at Waterswallows Lane, as a result of increased demand for Buxton Water. The plans included the pipeline link from the town centre.
“Having been part of Buxton for over 20 years and having committed ourselves to another 100 years, our proposed relocation of the Nestlé Waters factory is necessary to increase capacity, efficiency and environmental performance. The new facility will create one of the most innovative and efficient bottling lines available in the world,” Mr Beddoe added.
“We would like to thank the community and High Peak Borough Council for their advice and support so far and will continue to work with them to find the best solution to the pipeline route.”
Tesco has already announced its intention to build a new superstore on the existing Buxton Water factory at Station Road, should the move to Waterswallows go ahead.