New sewage system to help stop flooding in Cirencester
It is hoped that a new sewage system in Cirencester will help alleviate flooding in the town.
The new sewage system will connect 850 existing properties in Chesterton to a new and improved sewer system, while adding future capacity needed for new homes planned as part of The Steadings development.
Thames Water and its contractor KCD installed the new Cirencester Sewage Treatment Works (STW), linking Chesterton to the Cirencester STW at Shorncote.
Work to extend and upgrade the network began last summer and was completed by the end of 2021. Existing homes were connected to the new strategic sewer in December.
How have the floods affected Cirencester recently?
The issue of flooding in the Cotswolds has come to the fore in recent years.
Over 70 homes in Cirencester and surrounding areas were flooded in winter 2020/21.
Joe Harris, Chief Cotswold District Councilsaid: “The sewage infrastructure upgrade is of course good news, but it is appalling that Thames Water continues to pump thousands of tonnes of sewage waste into local rivers.
“Sewage from the Steadings will end up in the Shorncote treatment plants and I am extremely concerned about whether the site will be able to handle the additional demand from the 2,350 new homes.
“Last year Thames Water pumped sewage into the Shorncote ditch 88 times for a total of 1,216 hours, the Shorncote ditch empties into some of the most biologically diverse lakes in the Cotswold Water Park .
“This is a practice that is only meant to be used in exceptional circumstances, but it is obvious to even the most casual observer that it has become common practice. It is an outrage and Thames Water and the government must act.”
What is the development of Steadings?
The sewer works mark one of the first steps designed to put in place the infrastructure needed to support the wider Cirencester community following The Steadings.
Bathurst Development Limited (BDL) is set to build 2,350 homes, with marketing of the first phase of new homes for sale due to begin this summer.
Peter Clegg, CEO of BDL, said: “Storm and sewage flooding is a recurring problem in Cirencester, so we are delighted to be able to play our part in enabling the delivery of this vital local infrastructure and we hope that this will make a real difference. .
“The new system will help ease storm pressure on this area of Cirencester homes and businesses while creating the new capacity needed for The Steadings.”
For more development information, visit thesteadingsciencester.co.uk