Scottish Water scores with next stage of £1.6million Creetown project

Rear: Peter Lupton, Community Councillor; John Monteith, Project Manager.'Front: Robbie Parker, Sarah Lindsay and David Hughes, all of Newton Stewart High School
Rear: Peter Lupton, Community Councillor; John Monteith, Project Manager.'Front: Robbie Parker, Sarah Lindsay and David Hughes, all of Newton Stewart High School

SCOTTISH Water have donated a set of goalposts to Creetown following the good attitude of locals during recent upgrade works.

The environment in the Cree Estuary is continuing to improve as Scottish Water progresses a £1.6million project to upgrade the waste water management in the area and remove four properties from the flooding register.

In order to carry out a crucial piece of work for the project, access was required across council-owned land and a path needed to be closed for a short time. As a thank-you to local people the project team agreed to finance a new set of goalposts in Creetown’s public park.

John Monteith, Project Manager, Scottish Water, said: “We had noticed the existing goalposts in the park were in poor condition and we were very thankful for the access to the land and the co-operation of local the community. This is our way of saying thank you.

“The project will enhance a 1km stretch of the Cree Estuary south from the Ferry Burn Bridge. We are upgrading seven discharge points which act as a relief for the main sewers around Creetown during instances of heavy rainfall. Along with the Cree Estuary the work will protect and improve the water quality in the Balloch Burn, the Ferry Burn and the Moneypool Burn.”

Peter Lupton, Secretary of the Community Council for Creetwon, said: “When I was approached by John Monteith prior to the project starting it was quickly obvious that a sensible agreement could be reached which would provide a win/win situation for the community and Scottish Water. The Community is grateful for the purchase of the goalposts which will be greatly appreciated by the park users. We are also grateful for the speedy and efficient way that the work was carried out.”

The first stage of the work was at two locations in Bank Street and the Barholm Factory. Work is complete at these locations and was finished mid-June 2012.

The second stage started recently and is tackling the recurring sewer flooding in the Grimshaw Terrace and Duke Street areas. It will also remove several cases of internal property flooding from our register.

By providing extra storm water capacity at the nearby pumping station and increasing the size of the sewers the network is less likely to be overloaded.

John Monteith continued: “The project will not only improve the water quality from reduced volumes of storm sewage but will reduce the amount of sewage debris by screening out any solids or foreign objects in the sewage and redirecting these to the waste water treatment works in Creetown. It will also ensure that the water continues to meet EU guidelines for urban watercourses.

“We’ve worked closely with SEPA on the detailed planning for this project. Five packages of work will deliver the necessary outcomes for the people of Creetown.”

John Gorman, Senior Officer, SEPA, said: “This latest investment phase will significantly reduce the amount of storm overflows to nearby watercourses and remove the unsatisfactory sewage debris arising from such overflows resulting in improved water quality.”

For more information on the work Scottish Water is doing, visit the dedicated web pages at www.scottishwater.co.uk. Scottish Water is also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/scottishwater and Twitter: @scottishwaterpr.