CLENCHWARTON: Water bosses unveil new pipeline scheme
Water company bosses have unveiled plans for a new underground pipeline which would pump sewage directly to a waste water plant.
Currently waste sludge is taken to the treatment works at Clenchwarton in dozens of tankers every day.
But Anglian Water have now unveiled plans to build a new reception centre close to the Pullover roundabout in West Lynn with a 4.5 kilometre underground pipeline to connect the site to the treatment works.
In a leaflet sent to local residents at the weekend, the company said the proposal would reduce the number of lorries going to and from the treatment plant by up to two thirds.
They added: “It will also have the least impact on the local environment and the surrounding landscape once the pipeline has been constructed. It’s also likely to be the fastest solution that we could introduce.”
News of the proposal has been warmly welcomed by community leaders, who have campaigned for measures to reduce the amount of lorries in the area for the past 15 years.
Clenchwarton parish council chairman Sue Cross said yesterday: “I am very pleased for the residents of Jubilee Bank and Clockcase Lane.”
Residents’ representative John Simpson said the number of lorries going to and from the works had made Clockcase Lane a “no-go area.”
He praised past and present councillors, as well as local MP Henry Bellingham for their efforts, adding: “It’s the end of a very long campaign.”
Anglian Water are looking at two sites for the reception centre and expect to submit a planning application later this month. If approved, building work could start in August.
The company had explored the possibility of bringing waste up the River Great Ouse in barges, but said they had ruled that out on cost grounds. A suggestion for a new road to the works was said to be unpopular with residents and would move the problem elsewhere.
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