The construction phase of this project is now complete.

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WINEP (Cullercoats Bay Bathing Water Study)

The Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP), formerly known as the National Environment Programme (NEP), is a national investment programme for all water only and water and wastewater companies. It includes investigations, monitoring, options appraisals and schemes to drive improvements and prevent deterioration and protect the water environment. These commitments form part of each water company’s Asset Management Plan (AMP) and form a set of regulatory obligations which must be delivered. This study will be focusing on Cullercoats Bay.

Update by Graeme Ridley

Dear Mr Laing,

Thank you for your update. The investigations now being undertaken are following a detailed review or “gap analysis” by our specialist consultants taking into account all the work that has taken place through the partnership group to date. Phase 1 of this project, which was completed as part of NWG WINEP Cullercoats study, was to identify what investigations are necessary to undertake in 2021 that build on the investigations previously done as well as exploring new areas of interest.

There are now four packages of investigative work that will be undertaken before Easter 2021: mapping of underground sewer and surface water pipes; CCTV of underground sewers and surface water pipes; manhole surveys at specific locations; cave investigations at the beachRegulatory delivery dates for Bathing Water Quality investigations were moved by the Environment Agency when the Covid-19 issues started for the UK in March 2020, from 30th September 2021 to September 2022, a twelve month extension. However, the NWG project team, who are still working within an over-arching collaborative partnership group (Cullercoats Bathing Water Quality Group), will endeavour to understand the reasons for the current recent status of Bathing Water quality in Cullercoats beach by the delivery date of September 2021.

I’ll post may more updates in the months ahead to keep you well informed.

Graeme Ridley

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