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Astley's £20m sewer upgrade scheme could benefit community groups as well as flood victims
8:20am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
A £20 million sewer upgrade project is well underway at Astley.
United Utilities gave Leigh MP Andy Burnham a guided tour of the works site and he took a close look at a giant 20 metre diameter structure which is part of their scheme to prevent sewer flooding and clean up the area's watercourses.
After visiting the site alongside the East Lancashire Road between Higher Green Lane and Morleys Bridge Mr Burnham said: "Residents in this area have had to endure the misery of internal flooding for too long. I raised their concerns with United Utilities and I am grateful to them for listening and acting.
"This much-needed investment in our community will prevent flooding to homes and bring wider benefits to the local environment. The engineering involved in this project is truly impressive and I am delighted that the work is progressing well. I know the team has worked hard to minimise disruption to the community."
Project manager Matthew Steer explained: “The work at Astley has been progressing really well and we’re ahead of schedule.
“By the end of this month the lid will have been built over the storm tank and there will be little to see here, so this was a great opportunity to show the scale of what we’ve built before it is covered over for ever.”
Another tank will be built on land off North Lane, Blackmoor and engineers will also lay larger new sewer pipes in the area, starting in November. They will increase the capacity of the sewer system for retaining storm water, which might otherwise have spilled to Astley and Moss Brooks, or into homes, during heavy rains.
Instead, storm water will be safely stored until the rain subsides before being pumped away for full treatment.
By early Summer 2014 the scheme will be in full operation.
United Utilities is offering compensation for the disruption and local non-profit making groups and organisations, schools and charities can apply for a grant of up to £500 from a Community Grant Fund.
Application forms can be obtained from Andy Burnham’s constituency office in Leigh or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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