04th May 2018

Water tower’s new look

 

A Newton Ferrers landmark has been given an eye-catching facelift thanks to support from the local community.

A skyscape with sea birds has been painted onto the South West Water-owned water tower at Butts Park.

Noss Mayo resident John Allen wrote to South West Water suggesting that the tower’s exterior could be renovated to improve the local environment for the community. The imposing concrete structure is on the main road between Newton Ferrers and Yealmpton and is very close to neighbouring properties.

As it happened, a South West Water employee who saw the letter had just returned from holiday in France where he had seen a number of water towers painted with murals. This idea was suggested to Mr Allen, who agreed to seek views from the local community.

Following positive feedback from the tower’s neighbours, the parish council, the WI and the River Yealm and District Association, South West Water commissioned a specialist contractor, Paintel Ltd, to design and paint a mural on the tower.

The Ivybridge-based family firm is owned by Kevin Harold, and his daughter Charlotte came up with several designs for the tower. The striking skyscape was the firm favourite.

South West Water’s Operations Director, Bob Taylor, explained: “South West Water owns and operates nine water towers across the region.

“Our priority is to always ensure the reliability of our drinking water quality ensuring the integrity of such structures is not compromised.

“However, Mr Allen’s letter and the support of the local community prompted us to take the opportunity to improve the aesthetic appearance of the tower to help it blend in with its surroundings.”

Work to repaint the tower started in January and Mr Allen kept a keen eye on progress.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with how the water tower looks now – I think it really enhances the local environment, and I am very pleased.”

Notes to editors

The fully operational water tower was built in 1960. It is nearly 15 metres tall and holds around 240 cubic metres (240,000 litres) of drinking water. It supplies around 600 properties.

For further information please contact:

South West Water
www.southwestwater.co.uk/contactus
Published: 4 May 2018