WORK is due to begin next month on a two-year project to improve Yorkshire Water’s facilities in Scarborough.
The scheme will involve improvements at several of the utility’s sites in the area but it is expected that the project to install a massive storage tank at the Toll House Pumping Station in Marine Drive will affect most people.
Steve Pace, the programme manager and Yorkshire Water’s bathing water director, said the work was important because it would help improve the quality of the sea water off the Scarborough coastline. He said: “It puts you in an extremely strong position to build on the existing tourism by being able to apply for the new higher standards for the new Blue Flag awards.”
To get to this point staff at Yorkshire Water have consulted with local businesses to arrive at the best solution for the project.
He added: “Over the last 12 months we’ve had quite a lot of liaison with traders and we’ve tried to adapt the scheme to minimise the impact.”
The new cylindrical underground storm tank at the Toll House site will hold a massive 4,000 cubic metres – or four million litres – and will help the system cope with the extra demand created during periods of heavy rainfall.
Mr Pace said that Marine Drive would not be closed during the project, with one lane kept open and a traffic management system put in operation – the road would only be fully closed twice for the winter months. He added: “It’s not closing off Marine Drive for 18 months.”
The target date for completion of the project is April 2014 and, following consultation with local businesses, it was decided to keep the nearby motorcyclists’ parking area open because they were regarded as an important source of income.
Mr Pace said he was pleased that the work was finally due to begin. He said: “I am excited that we are about to put significant investment into Scarborough that lays the foundations for the future of the new direc- tive.
“I am grateful for the help we’ve had from local people from various groups that has helped us get to a solution which gives us the long-term benefit while at the same time minimising the impact.”
As well as the work at the Toll House site additional storage will be added at the Wheatcroft Combined Sewer Overflow as well as a new pipeline to the Scarborough Waste Water Treatment Works at Burniston.
The total investment in the area’s sewage network is over £40 million and it aims to prevent untreated waste entering the sea and hopefully attain the new excellent standard for water quality by 2015.
And it is part of a £110 million package to improve water along the 100km of coastline and 20 designated beaches.
It will be critical because new tighter European standards are due to come into force by 2015. Under the European Water Quality Directive beaches will be graded as either excellent, good, sufficient or poor.