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Severn Trent sells off former reservoirs

Former Bucknell reservoir
Image caption A former district service reservoir in Bucknell was among the lots

Former reservoirs in Shropshire, Worcestershire and Mid Wales were among 12 lots auctioned in Shrewsbury on Friday.

Some of the plots sold by Severn Trent ranged from 34 sq m (366 sq ft).

Auctioneers Halls said a 324 sq m (3484.8 sq ft) former reservoir at Llanfyllin, with a guide price of £200, had been sold for £8,200.

The lots also included redundant reservoirs near Bucknell, Condover, Knighton on Teme and Machynlleth.

Peter Willcock, from Halls, said that some people had expressed an interest to use the smallest sites as allotments.

Former pumping station

He said: "They have an administrative responsibility if [Severn Trent] continue to own them.

"This is just land that is never going to be any further use to them so they are streamlining their portfolio."

A former pumping station at Abermule was the smallest of the nine sites sold by the company.

The auction also featured a larger redundant site in Telford and a 2,023 sq m (21,780 sq ft) plot in Wem, which the company said had planning potential for up to five homes.

The auction also included two properties not owned by Severn Trent.

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