April 15, 2011
Water apologises to Brean villagers over sewage plant
Water issued an apology to Brean residents during a public meeting
in the village on Thursday night (April 14th).
comes after villagers claimed they were not consulted regarding
the huge £26m project to build an extension to the firm's
nearby sewage treatment centre.
first reported here
how residents say the work at the centre, which is on the outskirts
of Brean, will cause months of traffic disruption, generate noise
through a summer of concrete piling work, and also hit the visual
appearance of the area.
Residents Association organised Thursday's public meeting in Brean
Village Hall to give residents a chance to express their views
directly to Wessex Water.
the meeting, the firm's Project Manager, Dave Jones, explained
that the sewage treatment plant's expansion is necessary to improve
bathing water quality in Weston and enable the resort to meet
new EU bathing water standards.
He said piling would begin in May and continue until mid-July
and would have to be complete prior to the bird wintering season
in the autumn, however the construction of the centre's extension
will not be complete until the end of 2012.
Mr Jones apologised for not including Brean residents in Wessex
Water's consultation regarding the work.
"We missed several consultation meetings in December and
can only apologise to residents that more discussions have not
resident and parish councillor Joan Jackman told the meeting:
"What really hurts residents us in Brean is that we are on
the rough end of this work - we get the smells and the noise,
yet we were not consulted on the proposals. We weren't asked for
our views even though we will be affected the most. We do understand
the need for the extension, though."
Council Chairman Derek Petrie added: "North Somerset Council
did not consult us and even said the scheme would have no visual
resident, Chris Rabone, said: "We have a number of concerns
about the project, particularly regarding the noise and smells
and the amount of extra construction traffic that will be generated."
Don Holland from the Brean and Berrow Residents' Association,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a very informative evening
and we are grateful for Wessex Water attending and giving us an
apology regarding the consultation, but there are still a number
of questions outstanding that need to be answered."
Wessex Water says it will come back to the residents association
with more details over the coming days.
Pictured are some of the residents who attended Thursday's
meeting in Brean