South West Water gets the go ahead to start work in Boscastle
South West Water has received planning permission and can now start a £1.5million project to build two underground pumping stations, a control kiosk and pipe work in the harbour area of Boscastle.
The sewage pumping station will connect to the existing sewers and eventually pump sewage to a new treatment works – the location of which is yet to be confirmed. The storm pumping station will pump excess flows out of the sewerage system during severe rainfall to the existing outfall.
The project is being coordinated with the Environment Agency which will be lowering and widening the Valency River to increase its capacity as part of its flood defence scheme.
Peter Brookes, Programme Leader for South West Water, said: "Once built, the sewage treatment works in Boscastle will serve around 2000 people, including tourists, and will improve the local water quality. We decided to start construction on the pumping stations and pipe work now so it would coincide with the Environment Agency's flood defence scheme and therefore minimise disruption in the harbour area. "
The work will be carried out by South West Water's partnering contractors Carillion – which is also undertaking work for the Environment Agency and North Cornwall District Council. The work will start in full on 30 October 2006 – after the half term break. South West Water anticipates that the pumping stations will be completed by the middle of 2007 and the pipe work finished by March 2008.
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Notes to editors
The £4.6 million flood defence scheme on the River Valency is the next step in reducing the flood risk in Boscastle following the devastating flood of 16 August 2004.
The work is in three main components involving the Environment Agency, North Cornwall District Council and South West Water. There is a sole contractor, Carillion.
1. North Cornwall District Council and Environment Agency are working together in the car park area. The car park will be improved and raised with barriers to stop vehicle washing in to the river. The river will be widened and river bed lowered.
2. The Lower Bridge is to be demolished and replaced further downstream. As the bridge owner the National Trust is leading the work on the design of the new bridge. There will also be river channel widening and bed lowering here in this area.
3. The construction of a sewage pumping station in the harbour by South West Water as part of the proposed sewage treatment scheme. This work is being done at the same time as the flood defences to minimise the disruption to the community.
Published: 24 October 2006