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Friday, 25 July 2014

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£800k environment boost

AN £800,000 project to improve the environment for a coastal community is nearing completion.

The project, at Rampside, has involved building a new underground chamber for storing storm water during heavy rains.

United Utilities project manager Paul Romanko said: “Our new chamber will give the local sewer system more capacity so that there is much less likelihood of it overflowing into the sea.

“The vast majority of water which enters our sewers during rain storms is surface water, but there can be so much that it overwhelms the pipes. That's why we need overflow pipes. They're a sort of safety valve.

“Our new chamber means the overflow won't be needed so much. We'll be able to store the dirty water until the rains subside, then pump it to Barrow sewage works for treatment.”

He thanked Rampside and Roa Island residents for their patience during the work, which required temporary traffic lights.

The work will help improve the environment of Morecambe Bay, which is a protected European Marine Site and a UK Special Site of Scientific Interest.

Roa Island Boating Club official Tony Almond said the situation had improved since storm tanks were built on Roa Island, and welcomed the Rampside improvements.

He said: “You used to get all sorts of nasties around the island, especially around the front of the overflows. It is not very nice when you have got to launch and paddle through it or when stuff gets washed up. So this work is definitely a good thing and will clean the sea up.”

Tom Griffith, of Woodhill Crescent, Rampside, welcomed the improvements.

He said: “There have been problems in the past, sewage leaking into the fields in recent years. The work has not been disruptive.”

Thomas Twigge, owner of the Clarke’s Arms at Rampside, praised the United Utilities team for “tidy” work, which has caused little disruption since it began at the end of December.

He said: “They have probably been the most organised people I have met. They have not interfered with anything, they’ve been absolutely marvellous.”

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