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£60m breath of fresh air planned for eyesore sewage works
A PLANNING application has been lodged to replace an eyesore sewage works, which has blighted a Southampton neighbourhood with pungent pongs for more than 40 years.
After decades of complaints Southern Water is now poised to spend £60m replacing the aging waste waterworks in Woolston, Southampton.
City planners will decide in December whether to allow a scheme, which as well as drastically reducing smells will also ensure treated water leaving the site meets new European Union standards.
In September 2011 the water company was fined £25,000 after untreated raw sewage leaked into Southampton Water.
Shellfish beds were closed for weeks after up to 200 litres of human excrement and sewage poured into the Itchen Estuary a second over 26 hours.
Judge Gary Burrell told Southampton Crown Court that the works had been “simply unable to cope at various times” and “the system is on the point of failure all the time”.
As well as reducing pollution the plans mean any replacement building will be kinder on the eye. The sleek wave inspired design will replaces the current industrial-style on the same site in Victoria Road, which dates back to 1966. Southern Water held a public exhibition about the proposals in July, which was attended by 160 people over two days.
Mark Thompson, Southern Water’s Head of Wastewater Assets, said: “The exhibitions were well attended and the majority of feedback received was positive.
“I’d now encourage residents to make their views known to the planners. “We know smells from the current treatment works can cause problems for residents, which is one of the reasons we’re keen to start work as soon as possible.
“We’re committed to redeveloping the site and creating a modern treatment works to serve Woolston long into the future.”
If planning permission is granted building work could start next year.
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