'Clean Sweep' approval for Sennen Cove and Porthcurno
South West Water is extremely pleased that Cornwall County Council has unanimously approved its planning application to build a new waste water treatment works to serve the populations of Sennen, Sennen Cove and Porthcurno.
The decision reached by Cornwall County Council this morning will mean that a brand new treatment works and four associated pumping stations can now be built, providing preliminary, primary and secondary treatment for the Sennen and Porthcurno area.
We have been working hard with the local community to find a site to treat the sewage effluent in the Sennen and have done our best to accommodate residents' views when finalising the location. We have now been able to satisfactorily adapt previous plans to one single site, located in a field at Parkas Moor, with its own access road.
Chris Loughlin, South West Water's Chief Executive, said: "I am delighted that we have found a location that is acceptable to the community and look forward to commencing this important project, which will further enhance this popular tourist location and result in considerable environmental and economic benefits for the region."
Currently Sennen has one of the last remaining raw sewage outfalls in Devon and Cornwall and the new treatment works will see an end to untreated effluent being discharged through the existing outfall at Whitesand Bay. It also signifies another step closer to the completion of South West Water's £1.5 billion pound 'Clean Sweep' scheme, to close over 240 raw sewage outfalls around the coast of Devon and Cornwall.
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Published: 19 October 2006