UNITED UTILITIES REVEALS £70M PLAN TO IMPROVE MORECAMBE’S BEACHES
United Utilities has announced
it’s upgrading its wastewater treatment works in Morecambe to further improve the
area’s coastal waters and beaches.
Work starts this spring on the £70 million project which will take four years to complete. The water company plans to build two large storm water storage tanks and new pumps at its Schola Green Pumping Station, upgrade Morecambe Wastewater Treatment Works at Middleton and lay a new 7km sewer pipe between the two sites.
Richard Townsend, from United
Utilities, explained: “As a contributor to the quality of Morecambe’s bathing
waters, we need to make some improvements to our wastewater treatment to reduce
how often storm water spills from the sewers and help ensure that the coastal
waters at Morecambe Bay comply with new European Union bathing water standards.”
The new sewer pipe will run
from Schola Green Pumping Station, underneath the railway line, around
Morecambe FC ground, along Westcliffe Drive, across the Heysham Bypass (A683) and
Middleton Road before entering
Morecambe Treatment Works.
Most of the construction work
required to install the pipe will be on private land, however, there will be
some work in the highway (specifically Westgate, Westcliffe Drive and Oxcliffe
Road) which will be managed by traffic lights. There are currently no plans for
road closures or diversions.
To carry out the improvements
at Schola Green, United Utilities will need to use the field next to the
pumping station. This will be fully reinstated when the work is complete. During the work, the footpath and children’s
play area will remain open.
At Morecambe Wastewater
Treatment Works, United Utilities is upgrading the existing treatment process
so that it uses the latest technologies and ensures the effluent leaving the
works meets Environment Agency standards.
Residents in Morecambe were invited
to a public exhibition in January to speak to members of the project team
and view plans of the project.
United Utilities is a partner
of LOVEmyBEACH, a campaign which brings together various groups, including the
Environment Agency, National Farmers Union, Marine Conservation Society,
British Destinations, Keep Britain Tidy and local authorities, to keep the
North West’s bathing waters clean.
More information, including
ways that everyone can help do their bit to improve our local bathing beaches,
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