West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has welcomed news that South West Water’s programme of works to improve the waste water infrastructure in Mousehole will start early in the New Year.
The water company recently held a public engagement event in Mousehole’s Solomon Browne Hall to talk to residents about the scheme to replace a 510-metre length of rising main from Carn Topna through to The Parade and also about longer term work in the village.
The existing rising main has suffered four separate leaks since May, resulting in widespread disruption and upheaval as tankers were required to transport waste to the pumping station at Chyandour while a temporary, overland pipe was installed.
Following the disruption, Mr Thomas and local councillor Roger Harding met with SWW and members of the local community early in August, urging SWW to ensure that full repair works were carried out as soon as possible.
Having considered five possible routes for the new pipework to take, SWW has settled on their preferred option and work, to be carried out by contractors Glanville Environmental, is scheduled to start on Monday, 14 January and finish before Easter.
Subject to change, the footpath will be closed from Wednesday, 16th January till the 18th March and road traffic restrictions will be in force from 28th January till 15th March; working hours will be Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
“The schedule is very tight and there will be some further disruption for Mousehole residents and visitors,” said Mr Thomas.
“However, it is good news that South West Water has acted to ensure that Mousehole will have a reliable and effective sewage system in the future – the past six months have been very trying for residents but there is now light at the end of the tunnel.”
If you require any more information, contact the SWW Services Helpline on 0344 3462020.