Plans revealed for a better Boscastle!
The people of Boscastle have come a long way since August 16 2004, when their community was hit by one of the worst flash floods in Britain's history. Homes, cars and businesses were destroyed as water charged through the town, devastating a community and leaving the people of Boscastle to pick up their lives and livelihoods out of the debris.
South West Water, the Environment Agency, North Cornwall District Council and the National Trust have joined forces to present the people of Boscastle with a comprehensive proposal for a new flood defence system and sewage treatment works, which will help protect the town in the future, while cleaning up the coastal waters around Boscastle. Now those plans are about to become a reality.
Boscastle is home to one of the only remaining raw sewage outlets in the South West, which is located on the northern side of Penally Point. South West Water's 'Clean Sweep' programme is the biggest environmental improvement programme of its kind in Europe, with over 40 major multi-million pound schemes already completed and over 220 crude sewage discharges eliminated. The new sewage treatment works at Boscastle will provide primary and secondary sewage treatment in line with EU directives and will mean that South West Water can close one of the only remaining raw sewage outfalls in Cornwall.
To make sure the residents and businesses in Boscastle are kept abreast of all planned work and have the opportunity to have their say, an exhibition for the proposed Boscastle sewage treatment scheme and Valancy flood defence scheme will be held in the Community Centre, Fore Street, Boscastle, from 2pm until 7pm on Friday November 18 and from 10.30am until 3pm on Saturday November 19. The exhibition will reveal plans for the construction of the new sewage treatment works at Hillsborough Fields, on land owned by the National Trust and two new pumping stations one near Penally House and one in the harbour.
South West Water, the Environment Agency and all other associated organisations would like to invite the public and members of the press to this exhibition, so that we can all work together towards a safer and cleaner Boscastle.
Published: 8 November 2005
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