We held a customer drop in session at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler yesterday evening. The purpose of the session was to provide further information about the proposed works and to seek customer’s views on our proposals to construct a new Water Treatment Works in Wooler.
We had some feedback that the invitation letters that we posted out to customers were received very late on. We apologise for the late notice. For those of you who want to know more, but were unable to make it last night, please see below a brief summary of what was discussed on the evening.
Why are the works are needed
Currently drinking water for Wooler and the surrounding areas is pumped from the ground and treat at our existing sites at Fowberry, east of Wooler. The existing assets at these sites need to be improved to ensure that we continue to provide a reliable supply of clean, clear and great-tasting tap water for our customers.
What is being proposed
We are proposing to construct a brand new purpose built Water Treatment Works to replace many of the existing assets. We have identified a new site opposite Berwick Road Industrial Estate in Wooler. The new site has good accessibility and communication links. The adjacent Mart and Industrial Estate also provide an appropriate setting for the new buildings.
The new Water Treatment Works will use modern technology to ensure that we continue to provide a reliable supply of clean, clear and great-tasting tap water for our customers.
The main treatment plant and equipment will be housed in a steel clad building which is approximately 40 metres by 20 metres in plan and up to 9 metres in height. Next to the new building we will also construct new tanks, kiosks and hardstanding areas. Vehicles will access the site via a new access off Berwick Road.
Next steps and timescale for construction
We are currently finalising our proposals for a planning application, which will be submitted to Northumberland County Council for approval . You will be able to see this when it’s lodged early in the new year .
Once we have the necessary approvals we currently plan that we will commence construction no sooner than summer 2019 and the construction period will last for approximately 12 months.
Want to know more
We will continue to provide regular project updates on this portal. If you want know more please get in touch directly using the links on this page.