The kids of Clapton get the guided tour!
Clapton's new sewage treatment works near Crewkerne was a hive of activity this week when children from the local Broadwinsor primary school visited the construction site, so they could see first hand how South West Water’s advanced new treatment plant will benefit the environment.
The children's visit was arranged by Head Teacher Nigel Arnold to reinforce the classroom environment project and give the children a better understanding of the mysterious waste water cycle. The children were accompanied by Parish Council Chairman Fred Broom and Councillor Stella Abbey, who were also keen to learn about the new works. Along with the full tour, teachers, grownups and kids were all given a special talk on how the processes at the new plant will work and more importantly how they will make a significant improvement to their local environment.
Broadwinsor primary school site visit
Clapton's new sewage treatment works will be a state of the art undercover plant using an aeration process. South West Water's construction partner for this scheme is local West Country contractor Dean & Dyball, who are ahead of schedule delivering this new project, which is currently preparing for its grand opening on the morning of Friday 16 December.
Although a trip round a sewage treatment works might not seem like a fun day out for school children, this was a hugely successful day and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. The tour and talk also enabled the kids to really get to grips with some key environmental issues, along with providing plenty of fun and interesting things to tell their families.
As an extra bonus all the children who attended have been asked to produce an illustrated picture of the improvements and the two best artists will be invited back to open the new works next Friday. The opening will take place at 9.30 and promises to be a really fun event with lots of great photo opportunities for the local press.
Clapton is a couple of miles outside Crewkerne Somerset on the B3165. The works is on the edge of the village next to the bridge. Contractors Dean & Dyball sign boards indicate the location. The contractors have then been invited to tea and biscuits in the village hall as a thank you for keeping the village clean during the torrential rain conditions. As an additional note of Christmas cheer, all the children sent thank you letters to South West Water, with lots of them writing about the yellow hats and jackets you can see them sporting in the picture above.
Published: 09 December 2005
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