EEL PROTECTION SCHEME

Eels Regulations (2009) Compliance Project

We will be and are currently upgrading the following works to install new screens that are compliant with the Eels Regs 2009. Lumley WTW - (Works here are now complete), Blackwell RWPS - (Works here are now complete), Warkworth WTW - (we are also installing new pumps at the river water intake) , and Broken Scar WTW. The new screens will also improve the resilience of the works and protect the water supplies for our customers for many years to come

Project updates

Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon,

You probably will have noticed a lot of the work at site now is all inside the new building, there is still some work to do and the team will continue to work until 22nd December.

After which they will make the place safe and secure and will return 4th January 2021.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during our work, we do appreciate it.

It remains for me to wish you all good health and happiness for 2021 and for those who celebrate Christmas, a very Merry Christmas to you.

 

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon,

Hope you are enjoying todays lovely sunshine.

I thought I'd share the photo of the new building, taken from the other side of the river.

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning Everyone,

Well what a difference, just look at it now!

As you can see against the backdrop of a lovely autumnal blue sky the external building is now almost complete. Over the next few months there is still extensive work being carried out inside the building preparing for the new screens. Hopefully this gives a much deserved rest to the what can only be described as very patient and understanding neighbours!

Thank you.

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning

Here is a quick up date of the work on the refurbed building.

The building work is scheduled to be complete next month and we will be removing the external scaffolding in due course so you can see it in all it's glory. The team will continue to work on the internal areas within the building, fitting the electrics and utilities etc.

Have a look at the before, during and after photos.

Thank you once again to the residents near the works, you have been so accommodating and patient with us during this project we do appreciate it.

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon

I am sure by now you may have noticed Peter and his team by now as the pipe work for the new part of the building is pretty evident. (have a look at the photos)

All is going to programme and the demolition work of the original building is complete hence the steelwork.

The roof work is due to start 24th and we will try to keep our impact as minimal a possible.

If you do manage to see Peter, he is a very sociable guy please feel free to say hello (social distance of course).

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the work especially those residents adjacent to the works, we appreciate it.

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

This "Eels" blog is really guided to those residents who live in the Warkworth area where, we have been working for some time now. I did mention previously how we would be exchanging and replacing some pumps over the coming months; apologies for the late notice as tomorrow is one of those times!

Peter will be up there at site, early doors around 7ish to guide in the crane required to lift out the old and place in the new pump, it will be just a days work so if you happen to be out and about (as it is a beautiful area) please be that more vigilant.

One more pump after this one, and I will let you know when, thank you again for your patience.

Have a good day and stay safe.

Joan

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning All,

Just to let you all know we have now started work on the Eels screens at Broken Scar, I'm sure you will have seen Peter and the team by now. Here is a copy of the letter we have delivered on behalf of Northumbrian Water:-

"Our experienced partner, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) will be extending and refurbishing the inlet building of Broken Scar Water Treatment Works. Following this, working in conjunction with The Environment Agency we will then return to install four new eel screens at the same area. We continue to follow UK Government guidance regarding COVID-19 and as it stands currently, the initial refurbishment work will start on 1 June 2020 and will last until 31 October 2020. We will then return to install the screens from February 2021 up to October 2021. Welfare and office facilities for the team will be based at the Treatment Works to limit the vehicular activity and the accompanying noise impact.The eel screens will not only provide security of water supply for the future but will also enable Northumbrian Water to achieve compliance with the Eels (England and Wales) Regulations 2009. The Eels Regulations were introduced by a European Commission to protect eels as European eel stocks are low and continue to decline. The recovery plan aims to return the eel stocks to sustainable levels. As mentioned above, the timings of this work cannot be guaranteed however, we will continue to monitor Government guidance. We are committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of our employees and our customers. The site teams will adhere to the social distancing guidance and we ask that during this difficult time that you also maintain a social distance from our staff once the work gets underway."

 Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have.

Stay safe

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon,

Following on from my previous update, it's that time for us to return and the good news is it will be a short visit.

Next week Peter and a couple of his team will be taking delivery of two welfare vans and on 29th will be bringing in a crane. It will be just for the one day so as to refit one of the pumps that needed to be modified; it has now been checked and we can now install it. The reason to do it now is because this is the earliest opportunity and its essential to give the works more resilience especially in these uncertain times.

We will of course follow UK Government guidance regarding COVID-19 as it stands currently, and ask should you wish to use the area for your allocated daily exercise you are more vigilant during this time and to be aware of the pedestrian accesses.

We are committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of our employees and our customers and the site teams are adhering to the social distancing guidance and we ask that during this difficult time that you also maintain a social distance from our staff once the work gets underway.

Don't forget should you wish to ask any questions please feel free to drop me a line.

Please stay safe.

 

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Morning All,

Just a further update on Warkworth and the last for a little while.

We will be demobilising the cabins at the site over the next few days as our work is about complete although we will return for a couple of days at the end of this month and then again in the Spring.

I would just like to thank the residents and the Angling club for their continued support and understanding during the work, we really appreciate it.

Peter and the team have liaised and worked closely with the locals and their reaction has been so positive as they had expected more of a disruption.

Many thanks again to you all.

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Update by Sarah Jayne Parvin

Good Evening, 

We are about to start a scheme near Maften (Pont Aqueduct), for the best part of the next couple of weeks, we will be carrying out enabling works, in particular improving the access road into the site. There are some large pot holes creating a lot of standing water which is also used by the public and horses. Extra care will be taken especially if anybody is passing through while work is being undertaken. Work will stop until pedestrians pass and commence again when it is safe to do so.

The main work involves building a fish pass in situ and is away from the public so at times it might seem there is cabins on site and no work been carried out, but the site is located 800m from the public track. A close watch on the weather will play a large part to this scheme as it will be tricky balancing what work is capable of been carried out due to restrictions.

If you have any questions about the project, please comment below or use the 'contact' option at the top of this page to email the project team directly.

Thanks 

Sarahjayne 

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