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Work to Whitby Sewage Pipe Continues

Work to Whitby Sewage Pipe Continues

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 7:26am 18th August 2010.

Yorkshire Water and its contract partners Mott MacDonald Bentley have confirmed work is progressing well on the £750,000 project to repair a stretch of sewage pipe which runs along Whitby Harbour.

The work, which is expected to take up to 20 weeks, is now in its third week, with technicians working to improve the resolve of the pipe and  protect it from the tidal forces which have weakened the pipe over the  last ten years.

This is being achieved by encasing the sewer in mass concrete before a structural liner is added to the inside of the pipe to reinforce it.

The hard work of technicians has so far seen a five meter section of    sewer reinforced and encased in concrete, with the team hoping to     complete a new five meter stretch each week going forward.

Miles Cameron, sewerage asset manager at Yorkshire Water, comments:

 "We're delighted with how things are progressing so far and would like to say a big thank you to local residents and visitors to Whitby for all their patience and support.

"Their goodwill and help has enabled us to make good progress and we want to reassure them that we'll continue to work hard to ensure that we complete the work as quickly as possible with the minimum amount of disruption."  P

Prior to the work beginning on the harbour, Yorkshire Water held a     special forum with local business owners, residents and other key     stakeholders prior to discuss the problems in the harbour and the work it is carrying out in Whitby, with the company planning to stage a second update meeting in August. 

"The forum was really useful in enabling us to properly communicate our plans and address any concerns that attendees might have, and with work now well underway, we're planning on staging a second forum on 20th August to provide a further update and learn of any new concerns from local representatives and act on these as appropriate," said Miles.

Work is also ongoing on Yorkshire Water's £350,000 project to build a  computerised 3D model of the entire Whitby sewage system, which is  expected to be complete by the end of 2011.

Yorkshire Water has also reiterated its intention not to work under the  harbour during the Whitby Regatta and Whitby Folk Week in order to   ensure it does not disrupt these hugely popular events in any way.



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