Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man reservoirs: Public opinions wanted

Isle of Man residents are being urged to submit their views on the recreational use of Manx reservoirs.

Water & Sewerage Authority says it is seeking sound evidence to develop its recreational use policy and that the public's input into the process is invaluable.

The Isle of Man government's public consultation on the future of public access to reservoirs opened in October.

The questionnaire must be submitted before 17:00 GMT on 9 December.

The authority currently uses four reservoirs on the island at West Baldwin, Clypse, Sulby and Kerrowdhoo.

Water authority chiefs say they are committed to promoting reasonable access to the island's reservoirs for recreational purposes but say they will consider all opinions, while keeping health and safety guidelines in mind.

Earlier in 2011 the government warned that some areas currently open to the public could close because of the growing problem of dog fouling.

There were also complaints that some owners were allowing their animals to swim in reservoirs.

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