New £7 million sea outfall pipe at Wheatcroft

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Yorkshire Water is set to spend £7 million replacing the sea outfall pipe at Wheatcroft.

The pipe, which has a suffered a number of fractures and leaks in recent years, discharges waste water from the washing and processing of potatoes at McCain’s factory into the sea at Cornelian Bay.

Over the last few years of repairs have been made. However, the pipe continues to fracture, so Yorkshire Water has decided to replace the full length of the pipe with a new, high density plastic pipe which will last for about 60 years. The new pipe will also be 500 metres longer than the current one, which is two kilometres long.

The company has employed Van Oord, a leading marine engineering contractor, to carry out the work. A team of marine specialists will prepare the pipe at port and then tow the pipe by sea to Cornelian Bay where they will lay the new pipe in a trench in the sea bed.

The team from Van Oord will be in the area from the middle of March, setting up their site compound, before they start the engineering works to replace the pipe on April 1.

The project should be completed by the end of August this year. The existing pipe will remain in use until the new one is installed.

John Bond, Yorkshire Water community engagement adviser, said: “We’re aware that previous repairs have caused some localised disruption, particularly along Cornelian Drive. We’d therefore like to invite local residents to a public exhibition where they can meet the project team, see the plans of the work and ask any questions they may have.”

The event is being held on Thursday March 10 from 5pm to 7pm at St Michael’s Church Hall, Filey Road.