£4m project to improve water supply in town

Water project: Waste treatment centre on Emnie Lane
Water project: Waste treatment centre on Emnie Lane
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A £4m waste water treatment plant has been given the go-ahead to be built in Leyland.

United Utilities will upgrade the waste water treatment works on Emnie Lane, in Seven Stars, as part of a project to improve water pumped into the River Lostock, which runs through the site.

This will include building a pumping station, odour control plant, and turning a fish farm building into a control centre.

Planning approval has been granted by Lancashire County Council and work is due to start in January.

It is thought the works will take around 12 months to complete.

A spokesperson from United Utilities said: “It’s great news that this £4 million environmental scheme at Leyland wastewater treatment works can go ahead.

“By improving the quality of the treated wastewater that is returned to the River Lostock, we can ensure a cleaner, greener environment for wildlife.”

Work to improve the site will be limited to between 7.30am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and between 8am and midday and Saturday.

As part of the planning agreement, work on the site will not begin until an odour management plan has been drawn up by United Utilities.

No objections were raised by residents living near the site during the planning application stages.

A spokesperson for the company said the improvements will mean they can provide better quality water to farmers.

He said: “We’ll also be upgrading the sludge equipment on site.

“Sludge is a by-product of the wastewater treatment process, commonly used as agricultural fertiliser.

“The new equipment will allow us to deliver an even better product to farmers.”

The company says as the site is surrounding from all sides with trees, work will be carried out out of view of the public.

He said: “Work is set to begin in mid January 2012, and last around a year.

“The treatment works is an enclosed site, so the work will be hidden from public view.”