Villages go on-line
Bathing waters at Kingsand and Cawsand will be cleaner in the wake of a major new scheme.
South West Water contractors went out of their way to keep local commerce running while work was carried out on an important £2 million waste water improvement scheme at the picturesque seaside villages in South East Cornwall which should hugely improve the quality of local bathing waters.
They laid on:
a three wheeled 'scooter truck' to carry out deliveries in the villages' narrow streets - including a wedding dress!
a free taxi service two afternoons a week so senior citizens could pick up their pensions and attend the local whist drive!
The year-long scheme - to pump and pipe the villages' sewage to Millbrook, four kilometres away for full secondary biological treatment - is now online.
And SWW project manager Robert Prentice said: "We were absolutely delighted with the way the scheme went. Local people were absolutely superb, everyone was so co-operative.
"Carrying out a scheme like this in old style fishing villages was always going to present its own unique set of challenges, but our local liaison committee arrangements ensured that we were able to discuss with local business people and residents the best way forward to minimise any inconvenience."
The scheme involved building four brand new pumping stations to enable waste water to be piped to nearby Millbrook. Control panels for the system were installed in public lavatories in both Kingsand and Cawsand - and the loos were completely renovated as part of the job, with new disabled facilities provided into the bargain.
The completion of the scheme will mean a massive improvement to the quality of local bathing waters and will ensure the SWW discharges don't cause the bathing waters at Kingsand and Cawsand to fail quality standards.
Another plus from the scheme is that contractor TJ Brent worked with a community group, the Rame Conservation Trust, to recycle material excavated during work on installing the scheme to provide a landscaped area for a new visitor centre at Maker Heights.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The 'scooter truck' delivered items including: beer, Christmas trees, dry cleaning, furniture ... and even a wedding dress.
TJ Brents' involvement in the Rame Conservation Trust visitor centre scheme was 'highly commended' in the Pennon Group Environmental Awards.
For further information please contact Paul Breakwell, Publicity & Information Officer on 01392 443021.
Published: April 2001