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Three couples, two of whom are elderly, get water piped into their homes from a borehole on the RAF base. The supply was granted by the Secretary of State for Air on August 17,after the airfield was developed. The rural location is distant from, and not connected to, the Thames Water main supply that most residents in the area benefit from.
Sue and Anthony Jones face having to find a new water supply for the first time in nearly 70 years of living on the edge of the air base. Get the biggest stories from across Gloucestershire straight to your inbox. All of them have been in dispute with the Ministry of Defence over the matter since They have now spoken publicly about it for the first time after military bosses told them they wanted it to be resolved by the end of this year.
They believe the MoD should help them to cover the cost and they have accused officials of keeping them in the dark about why the change is needed. Wendy Nicholls said that when she bought one of two cottages near Totterdown Farm, in Fairford, nearly 20 years ago she was not told that the water supply could ever be terminated. If that were true, then a simple non-return valve would solve the problem of any risk of contamination to the water supply on base.
We live almost a mile away from Mr Fairford wanted main connection and it would cost hundreds of thousands to connect us up. Mr Leckenby said the residents were sent a letter in saying that the USAF did not want 'Non-Entitled customers' to be supplied off-base, and that the supply would be terminated in a year's time.
He said the matter had continued sincewithout any change or compromise from the military authorities. We are retired, in our mids, as are the Jones family, and we really do not need this type of mindless hassle at our stage in life. We will continue to work with residents to try and find a solution to this issue. Man with 'knife and hammer' tackled by police dog in Gloucester.
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RAF Fairford is under fire for planning to cut off the water supply to its neighbours. Get the biggest stories from across Gloucestershire straight to your inbox, The same applies to their neighbours, Ian and Sally Leckenby and Wendy and Justin Nicholls. Follow GloucestershireLive.
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