New borehole and pipeline for A.G Barr?

A WELL established Forfar firm is planning to site a new borehole, borehole building and associated pipeline in the picturesque Forfar Loch Country Park on the Craig O’Loch Road.

A.G. Barr has applied for planning permission from Angus Council for the work.

Strathmore Spring Water is sourced from an ‘acquifer’ which is situated deep underground and runs all the way under the North Sea from Scotland to Norway.

Barr Soft Drinks, best known for their fizzy Irn Bru beverage, fruity Rubicon and Tizer, acquired the Strathmore Spring Water brand in 2006.

The company currently extract the water for bottling at the Forfar manufacturing site from one borehole which was drilled and commissioned back in 1987.

Eight years ago, back in 2005, in order to meet potential future requirements for the business, and have a backup supply if required, the company approached the local authority to seek planning permission to site a second borehole and associated pipeline routing from a new business park which is sited at Orchard Bank to the west of Forfar.

The planning permission, which was sought in 2005, was granted by mutual consent between both the local authority and Strathmore.

It was agreed that Strathmore could drill a borehole beside the new business park to supply the current factory site as well as providing a source for a new factory, should the business outgrow its current capacity at West High Street.

At the current time, the capacity requirements are continuing to be met by A.G. Barr’s West High Street site in Forfar and a spokesperson said: “We have no plans to develop a new factory.”

Although the planning permission for the borehole and pipe routing to the current factory was granted in 2005 it expired five years later in 2010 and the company say that they “have simply submitted a request to renew the planning permission at this time.”