Save the Bath Road Reservoir sign now

Proposals are being drawn up for the redevelopment of the Thames Water Reservoir site along the Bath Road. This development will be a mixed-use scheme comprising 110 residential units plus a significant amount of commercial usage.

We are asking for your support to prevent this development


The site is approximately 5.4 acres in area; isolated from human contact for over 150 years the site has developed into a haven for wildlife. A diverse range of species are present there, from deer and owls to badgers and bats, amongst countless others including several old and protected trees.


Our committee is not anti-development, and recognises the need for Reading Borough Council to provide sites for new housing in-line with central Government demands. However, we argue that this site is not viable and the proposal contradicts the definition of sustainable development. Development at the site would result in a tragic loss of natural habitat and wildlife. Reading is rapidly running out of green space our future generations seem set to reside in an area dominated by concrete, bricks & mortar.

The loss of this wildlife haven is the main driver for our campaign however we are also concerned about the other problems that this development is likely to create.


This process will take a long time, resulting in vast quantities of plant machinery and heavy goods vehicles to deconstruct and transport the materials from the site. This will create a major disruption to the surrounding road network and will have significant noise implications.

Furthermore, the development will result in several more cars along the Bath Road at a location already notoriously bad for traffic congestion at peak times.

More cars will also worsen the air quality. The air quality at the Bath Road/Tilehurst Road junction is so bad that it is within an air quality management area (AQMA). AQMAs are allocated where specific pollutant concentrations are in breach of national objectives set for health reasons in this case traffic is the predominant source of pollutant the young and elderly are particularly vulnerable to poor air quality.

How can you help?

Please sign our petition to register your opposition to the development.

If you are a resident in the local area, a road user already fed-up with the queueing along the Bath Road, or someone who cares about the conservation of wildlife we would greatly appreciate your support

Thanks in advance

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Latest Signatures

  • 01 marzo 20161000. Carole P
    I support this petition
  • 29 febbraio 2016999. Catherine Delc
    I support this petition
  • 29 febbraio 2016998. Kathryn R
    I support this petition
  • 28 febbraio 2016997. J W
    I support this petition
  • 28 febbraio 2016996. Ian H
    I support this petition
  • 28 febbraio 2016995. Jacqui T
    I support this petition
  • 28 febbraio 2016994. Maya D
    I support this petition
  • 28 febbraio 2016993. Jeremy D
    I support this petition
  • 27 febbraio 2016992. Gill B
    A former resident of RG1 Postcode RG10 9RT
  • 27 febbraio 2016991. Julian D
    Once it's gone you can't get it back. I've always found it a very mysterious place too. RBC please start protecting our special places. Postcode rg5 4jd
  • 26 febbraio 2016990. Denise M
    Save the Wild Life
  • 26 febbraio 2016989. Anthony G
    I believe that regeneration and the development of brown field sites should take moral precedent over this proposed destruction of a precious and tranquil greenspace, which is home to a wonderful variety of near city-centre wildlife. Reading is certainly
  • 26 febbraio 2016988. Maria T
    I support this petition
  • 26 febbraio 2016987. Garry J
    I support this petition
  • 25 febbraio 2016986. Karen C
    Stay green and preserve the wildlife Postcode RG30 2AE
  • 25 febbraio 2016985. Debbie O
    will no longer have deers walking past my patio doors if the develoment goes ahead-Thames water dont do it!!!! Postcode rg1 6ph
  • 23 febbraio 2016984. Karen C
    Stop building on the few green spaces left!
  • 22 febbraio 2016983. Andrew C
    Save the wildlife Postcode RG7 1SP
  • 22 febbraio 2016982. Jonatan B
    I support this petition
  • 22 febbraio 2016981. Ian A
    There is no merit to developing this area other than to make money. One of the main routes into Reading would become more congested, a densely populated area would become more crowded and one of the few remaining wildlife habitats within the borough will
  • 21 febbraio 2016980. P Mf
    I am completely against the redevelopement of the Bath Road Reservoir Postcode RG1
  • 21 febbraio 2016979. Martin B
    I support this petition
  • 21 febbraio 2016978. Claire B
    I support this petition
  • 20 febbraio 2016977. Mandy E
    I have lived in the street for nearly 20 years and think the development would ruin this unique street and environment in central Reading Postcode RG1 6PD
  • 20 febbraio 2016976. Bridget P
    I support this petition
  • 20 febbraio 2016975. Anna M
    В Postcode rg9 5jw
  • 19 febbraio 2016974. Edward T
    I support this petition

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Dixie WrightBy:
City LifeIn:
Petition target:
The Head of Planning and Building Control, Reading Borough Council


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