Public inquiry over plans for wastewater treatment


Plans to obtain the required land to install wastewater treatment for a Northumberland village will be heard at a public inquiry.

To meet government legislation Northumbrian Water is proposing to install new facilities to treat wastewater from a population of 700 in Craster and Dunstan.  The scheme has been chosen after extensive consultation with residents, property owners and other stakeholders.

Northumbrian Water has been granted planning permission to carry out this work but has been unable to obtain all of the land required.

The scheme involves the construction of two new pumping stations, at the existing outfall sites at South Acres and Dunstanburgh Road, which will pump flows to an improved Dunstan sewage treatment works.  The new facilities will prevent raw sewage being discharged to sea.

Information is to be presented at a public inquiry to be held at Craster Memorial Hall for up to three days from Tuesday, March 24 2009 beginning at 10.00am.

Dr Colin Price, Northumbrian Water’s technical director, said:  “We have made a compulsory purchase order to acquire the necessary land and other rights to enable the sewerage scheme, which will have significant environmental benefits, to go ahead.

“The public inquiry inspector’s recommendation will then be submitted to the Secretary of State and a decision will be made, hopefully by the summer, as to whether we can obtain the required land through the compulsory purchase order process.”

If the compulsory purchase order is successful it is hoped that work to install the wastewater treatment facilities will begin this autumn.

Dr Colin Price is available for interview only on Tuesday, 24 March 2009.  To arrange this or for further information contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.

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