Next phase of water work is set to begin

submitted - Yorkshire Water contractors installing a box culvert at Wheatcroft, Scarborough.
submitted - Yorkshire Water contractors installing a box culvert at Wheatcroft, Scarborough.

A new phase of work aimed at improving the way waste water is treated is set to get under way in the Wheatcroft area of Scarborough.

As part of its £50 million investment in the Scarborough area, Yorkshire Water will be carrying out work at Wheatcroft sewage pumping station off Cornelian Drive.

The work, which is due to start at the end of this month, will be carried out by contractors Morgan Sindall Grontmij (MGJV).

Claire Glavina, of Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team, explained: “Wheatcroft pumping station currently pumps waste water from the Wheatcroft area to the southern part of Scarborough and into Toll House pumping station on Marine Drive.

“Waste water is then transferred to the Scarborough waste water treatment works for treatment.

“At times of heavy rainfall the sewerage system can become overloaded and to prevent it backing up and flooding properties, untreated storm water is consented to escape into the sea via a coastal pipe at Cornelian Bay.

“To prevent this coastal pipe operating as frequently, we’re planning to increase the amount of storm water we can store at Wheatcroft by around 1,000 cubic metres.

“This will involve installing an underground concrete box - called a culvert - in the ground next to the existing pumping station.”

The first phase will be to install fencing around the working site and delivery of works cabins, with construction starting at the end of May.

Construction vehicles including excavators will be delivered to the site on articulated trucks. The pre-cast concrete panels which will form the sides of the culvert will also be delivered on articulated vehicles.

There will be approximately three trucks per day for six weeks starting in mid-June. There will also be daily deliveries of concrete on mixer lorries.

Ms Glavina said: “We’ll be working carefully to keep the topsoil and layers of sub-soil separate so we can ensure that when we back-fill the excavation the field will be good for agricultural use.

“We’ve employed a specialist consultant to ensure that our work doesn’t affect the quality of the soil.”

Due to narrow access, parking restrictions will be in place until November 15.