Big Investment In Looe
South West Water is starting a £790,000 project this week to tackle sewer flooding in Hannafore, Looe.
The scheme involves installing a new drain to divert rainwater from roads out of the sewers and increasing the size of the outfall pipe from the sewage pumping station at Hannafore Point.
Graham Murphy, Director of Engineering for South West Water, said: "We know there have been ongoing problems with flooding from the outfall pipe on Hannafore Beach and are confident that this project will dramatically improve the situation. This project is part of a much wider drive to address sewer flooding problems across the region.
Abigail Crosby, Marine Education Officer at Cornwall Wildlife Trust, regularly visits Hannafore Beach with school groups and has had to cancel trips in the past due to the effect of heavy rainfall on the outfall pipe. She said: 'I am extremely pleased that this work is being carried out to prevent future accidents happening. It will also ensure Hannafore Beach is a clean and safe environment for people to enjoy with peace of mind.'
The work will be carried out by South West Water's contractors Edmund Nuttall and the site will be registered with the Considerate Contractors Scheme.
The programme starts on 7th October for 22 weeks. The team will be working seven days a week around the tides to complete the work as quickly as possible.
Published: 7 October 2008