I salute RWE npower. Its growing skills in recycling the fly ash from Didcot Power Station and its recognition that it may not after all need to dump in Thrupp Lake are to be applauded.

The last three years have seen an energetic and, at times, bitter campaign to save Radley Lakes.

It is now time to put all this behind us. RWE npower's moratorium on dumping creates for the first time an opportunity for the local community and environmentalists to sit down with the company and discuss what options might emerge for the long-term future of the lakes. This opportunity should not be missed.