Final phase of £5million scheme begins

29.07.2015

The third phase of a £5 million scheme to improve bathing water quality at Saltburn is to begin next month.

This two-and-a-half-month phase of work will begin on Monday August 10 and will involve transferring waste water from Dunsdale sewage treatment works (STW) to Marske STW.

When waste water arrives at Marske STW, it will be treated and also disinfected with ultra violet light before being discharged to sea through the existing long sea outfall. Waste water which is currently treated at Dunsdale STW is discharged into Skelton Beck.

More than 110 metres of new sewer pipe will be installed along a section of Redcar Road, along a section of the unnamed road which runs parallel to the gable end of 1 Redcar Road and in the farmer’s field to the rear of Redcar Road.

A new surface water drainage gully will also be constructed in Redcar Road, near Dunsdale STW. Dunsdale STW will be decommissioned in October, once the transferred waste water is being treated at Marske STW.

It will be necessary to close a section of Redcar Road, near Dunsdale Farm, from Monday August 17 to Sunday August 30 2015 and a traffic diversion will be in place along the A173 and the A174.

Arriva and Local Link buses will not serve Dunsdale or Yearby while the road closure is in place.

Northumbrian Water will provide a free shuttle bus which will transfer passengers from Dunsdale and Yearby to Kirkleatham, so they can link up with the diverted services there. Details of this shuttle service will be displayed at existing bus stops in Dunsdale and Yearby. More information will be available at www.connectteesvalley.com or by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

Steve Gray, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: "The Saltburn bathing water scheme will significantly reduce the frequency and volume of spills to water courses from the sewer network, during times of heavy rainfall, and will make an improvement to the quality of water in local streams and rivers and also to sea water quality.

"This investment reflects our commitment to protecting our beautiful coastline and our understanding of the importance of the impact of North East beaches on tourism, the economy and the leisure industry in our region.

"We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by the work we are doing at Dunsdale sewage treatment works and thank commuters and residents for their patience in advance."

Residents and commuters can keep up-to-date with the progress of the work at www.nwl.co.uk\Dunsdale.

The overall, one-year scheme began in December last year and the other phases of work have involved building an underground storm water storage tank, which will hold up to 6,000 cubic metres of storm water, on the former Guisborough sewage treatment works (STW) site. Storm water will be pumped to Marske STW for treatment, once the storm has passed. This work is progressing well and will be complete by December this year.

Work to increase the pumping capacity at Tocketts Bridge pumping station, so more storm water can be transferred from Guisborough to Marske STW when it rains, will be finished next month.

To identify the best solution to improve Saltubrn’s bathing water quality, the water company worked in partnership with the Environment Agency and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to carry out a detail investigative study in the whole catchment of Skelton, Brotton, Boosbeck, Lingdale and Guisborough. This approach was vital as there are many sources of pollution which impact on Saltburn’s bathing water quality, including pollution in Skelton Beck, Saltburn Gill and Pit Hills Stell from cattle, sheep and pig farming, rainfall run-off and pollution from private sewage treatment works.

Northumbrian Water’s £1 billion investment, over the last two decades, to improve bathing water quality was reflected in last year’s bathing water results. The North East’s results were the best in the country - 31 out of 34 beaches in our region, including Saltburn, met the current strictest European water quality standard.

For further information contact Cara Charlton on 0191 301 6720.

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