Cornelian Bay: alarm over leak

The leak in Cornelian Bay. Picture by Steve Crawford
The leak in Cornelian Bay. Picture by Steve Crawford

SPECIALISTS will have to be brought in to carry out repairs to a pipeline which pumps treated waste water directly into the North Sea off Scarborough.

The leak was discovered earlier this week when surfers noticed an unpleasant smell of rotten vegetables and grease in Cornelian Bay.

Steve Crawford, the Scarborough representative for campaign group Surfers Against Sewage, said when he was told of the incident he visited the bay and took the two pictures shown here.

He said the volume and smell of the effluent was terrible. “This is only a few hundred metres from one of Scarborough’s surfing waves. It just smelled like nasty vegetables, grease and general unpleasantness. The problem is that it is not going to be a quick solution,” he added.

Mr Crawford said that the current pipe was around 17-years-old and had been a vast improvement on the situation before it was installed.

He said: “Before that it was horrendous. I used to get fake tan and you used to get covered in grease when you were surfing.

“It’s only 17-years-old and the fact it has cracked means it is going to be a hell of a job to fix.”

A Yorkshire Water spokeswoman said it would need specialists to repair the pipe. “We’re aware that there’s a fracture in the long sea outfall which serves one of our large business customers in the Scarborough area,” she said.

“This outfall pipe discharges consented treated waste water from the washing and processing of vegetables into the sea.”

She added that she wanted to reassure people that the outfall did not discharge sewage into the sea. “Although the liquid leaking from the pipe into the immediate area at Cornelian Bay is visible, it is not impacting on the water quality at the two adjacent bathing beaches – Scarborough South and Cayton Bay,” she said.

“We’ve been sampling the water at both these beaches very regularly and results have show that they are unaffected. We will continue to monitor water quality to ensure that it meets the stringent consent levels.

“We’re working hard to mend the pipe as soon as possible. The nature and location of the fracture means that we have to employ specialists.

“All relevant authorities and partners are aware of the problem and we will keep them informed of our progress as we work to repair the pipe.”

Yorkshire Water is about to begin a two-year project which will hopefully further improve bathing water quality.

It will involve several projects in the Scarborough area including a massive four million litre stormwater storage tank at the Toll House Pumping Station site .

They aim to help raise the quality of the area’s bathing water to comply with tough new European standards which are due be introduced in 2015.