April 8, 2011
hears Brean villagers' sewage treatment centre concerns
MP has this week given her backing to villagers in Brean who have
voiced their concerns at the £26million expansion of the
nearby Lympsham sewage treatment centre.
Water is due to start construction of the new plant next week,
leaving villagers and holidaymakers to suffer several months of
noisy work over the summer months.
Tessa Munt this week met with Brean parish councillors Derek Petrie
and Jon Harris and Wessex Water's Project Manager Dave Jones at
the site, pictured, where she heard concerns regarding the work
to expand the centre.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There
are widespread concerns over the noisy piling and excavation work
which is being planned for a large part of the summer - such a
crucial time for Brean's tourist businesses - but Wessex Water
has assured us that the impact will be kept to a minimum."
also feel that improved screening is needed to camouflage the
centre from the village of Brean. On this, Wessex Water has agreed
to consider painting its new concrete storm tanks in green and
it will also plant some screening to shield holidaymakers from
viewing the treatment works."
councillor Jon Harris, from Warren Farm, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The noise and visual impact is a concern. Wessex Water has
given us assurances that they will keep disruption to a minimum
and reduce the visual impact, but there are no guarantees that
people in the area will not be affected."
Wessex Water confirmed this week that piling work will begin
on 3rd May and will not be completed until 15th July.
"We are aware that some people are concerned about the effect
of construction work that will involve piling. We have carefully
planned the work to avoid the Easter bank holiday, weekends and
bank holidays, including that of the Royal wedding which may prove
popular among tourists," Wessex Water spokesman Ian Drury
He added that the piling work should be completed before the
start of the main summer tourist season.
"Due to the Habitats Regulations, the piling work cannot
be carried out over the winter months. We have therefore carefully
timed the work to avoid popular dates for tourists visiting the
"While we appreciate the concerns of local businesses, we
have done everything possible to reduce impact on tourism while
at the same time carry out statutory work to improve treatment
processes at our site. In the long term the work will help to
ensure tourists continue visiting the area as they will welcome
the improvement to bathing water quality."
firm added that the expansion of the treatment plant aims to improve
bathing water quality in Weston to enable the resort to meet new
EU bathing water standards.
Currently, sewage is treated so it is clean enough to be returned
to the sea safely and ensure Wessex Water meets mandatory bathing
standards. However, under the revised Bathing Water Directive
which comes into force in 2015, bathing waters at Weston Main
beach and Uphill Slipway would currently be classified as 'poor'
based on historic sampling results.
Wessex Water's work at its Lympsham sewage plant involves increasing
the secondary treatment and ultraviolet disinfection capacity
which will improve the discharge quality from the sewage treatment
works. Additionally, stormwater capacity will be increased to
reduce the impact on rivers and sea during periods of intense
Mr Drury also confirmed that with respect to the visual impact
of the building, Wessex Water is in consultation with local representatives
to consider painting new tanks so they will blend in with the
"We are also discussing with local landowners the opportunity
to provide natural tree screening to the works and are at the
early stages of investigating with the Environment Agency as to
whether we can raise the bund that surrounds the site to again
screen the new works."
Work on the scheme is due to get underway on Monday when machinery
and material will be brought onsite. The work should be completed
by the end of 2012.