Work has been completed on the ‘complex’ repair of the Saltburn sewer line and an investigation is due to take place
Northumbrian Water has completed work on the Cat Nab car park in Saltburn after a damaged pipe caused raw sewage to spill into the North Sea. The water company spent around six weeks on site after a sewer pipe was severed by contractors who had carried out preliminary work on an extension to the seafront car park for Redcar and Cleveland Council.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service previously reported that the council may have to foot the bill for the large and complex operation, which involved the hasty erection of a mini ‘pop-up’ treatment work, after Northumbrian Water confirmed it would seek cost recovery. . The pipe carries sewage to a sewage treatment plant near Marske, but after it was damaged it began discharging its contents through the ground into Skelton Beck before it was released into the sea.
Tankers were brought in to reduce the volume of the spill by removing the sewage, while dams were also installed to redirect the beck. The car park and part of the beach were cordoned off and the public were warned to stay away for their own safety during the early stages of the incident, while a toilet block in the car park was also closed.
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New pipe and bespoke fittings were then delivered to site and installed. Excavation work also revealed secondary damage to another pipe and although this caused no environmental impact, work was also required to repair this pipe.
Northumbrian Water said all work had been completed with excavations backfilled and its equipment removed. Richard Warneford, sewage manager at Northumbrian Water, said: ‘It was a long and complex repair but it is now complete.
“We would like to once again thank the residents and visitors of Saltburn for their understanding and support while we and our partners have carried out this work.”
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Simon Clarke praised the water company for its efforts. He said: “I have been impressed with Northumbrian Water’s response to this incident.
“By setting up a treatment plant on site in record time, much of the potential environmental damage has been mitigated at a very early stage. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council will now investigate the exact cause of the incident and work with all parties involved to determine where any guilt lies.
“As such, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this stage.”
The council, which owns and operates the Cat Nab car park, has yet to comment on the identity of the third-party contractor, the bill for the works, or how it will be paid. At this stage it is not clear whether the local authority could seek to reach an agreement with its contractor on costs, or be required to pay the bill itself, and to what extent the insurances in place could come into play. stake.
Councilor Julie Craig, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: ‘I would like to thank Northumbrian Water for the work they have done to fix the Cat Nab car park sewer pipe, as well as thank the residents and visitors for their patience and understanding. while the work was performed. Glad the sewer pipe is fixed and the Cat Nab parking lot is returned to the council.
“There is tidying up to be done on site and once this is complete we will provide a further update on when the car park will reopen. An investigation into the cause of the leak is currently underway and until the investigation is complete we will not be commenting further.
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