Ringwood's sewers to be improved
LAST winter, after a period of heavy rain in Ringwood, sewage was discharged into Kingsbury's Lane.
The problem is now being addressed and Wessex Water has told the town council that it will find a solution to the flooding.
In a presentation to the Council David Martin, sewerage planning manager for Wessex Water, delivered a progress report on work undertaken since March. Although the data was still being analysed, Mr Martin acknowledged that the existing sewers were not able to cope during periods of heavy rainfall.
As a result, design consultants have been appointed to work on an improvement scheme, which is likely to include upsizing or duplicating the sewers and either providing storage or pumping more flow to the treatment works. The cost of the scheme is expected to be in the region of £2 million and should be complete by March 2016. In the meantime, the sewers will be regularly checked and cleaned every six months to prevent any build-up from affecting the flow rate.
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The Town Mayor, Councillor Steve Rippon-Swaine commented: "I and my fellow council members are very pleased that Wessex Water has acknowledged that there is a problem, and that the company has taken prompt action to investigate and decide that improvements must be made. We look forward to receiving further details of the proposed works, which will bring relief to residents living in the Bickerley area, and particularly Kingsburys Lane."