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Loch Ryan Latest News

1st February 2013

Scottish Water is updating local people in Stranraer and surrounding villages in the next stages of the Loch Ryan project.

STORM OVERFLOW WORK

Scottish Waters on-going investment in Stranraer continues with work on storm overflow infrastructure at five sites in the town.

Working with Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) this project will see delivery of environmental improvements across Stranraer with construction of new CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) chambers.

Work has already started at Fairway and work in McMasters Road is due to commence at the start of February.

Future work starting in the forthcoming weeks will include:

Beachmount CSO chamber, located adjacent to Bowling Green Road on the lower concrete “promenade”. During the construction process and for the safety of all, the access to this low promenade will be restricted as well as two one-day road closures of the main A77 road. The road closures will be advertised well in advance in local media and signage will be on the road the week prior to the closure. The alternative diversion route will be well signposted.

Dalrymple Street CSO, chamber, to be located on the area of stone paving by Dunbar Court this will also include new interlinking pipe work on Dalrymple Street that will require some local traffic management and restrictions on Dalrymple Street affecting Hanover Street.

Glebe Street CSO located by the junction of Glebe Street and Park Lee Gardens and Bishopburn CSO chambers located by the existing Scottish Water building adjacent to Bishopburn Cottages are not expected to cause as much disruption during the construction process.

Both Scottish Water and George Leslie Limited would like to thank the residents and visitors of Stranraer in advance for their cooperation during the construction process delivering this program of works.

COMMUNITY FORUM

To keep local key stakeholders such as councillors, emergency services and representatives from community groups informed of the Loch Ryan waste water project there was recently a community forum meeting at the new waste water treatment works near Leswalt.

In attendance were representatives from SEPA, the local roads department and various Scottish Water and Leslie MWH staff who are involved in the various works in Stranraer and surrounding villages.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, Scottish Water, said: “The meeting went well in spite of poor weather. A tour of the new waste water treatment works near Leswalt was followed by visit to the new pumping station at Port Rodie, where work is underway to finalise construction of the massive pumping infrastructure that will deliver waste water to the new works on Smithy Hill.”

PORT RODIE DEMOLITION

As part of the final phase of the Loch Ryan project, Scottish Water will also be demolishing the 50-year old toilet block at Port Rodie to make way for new storm water infrastructure.

The toilet block was constructed in 1963 alongside the Port Rodie waste water treatment works which is covered over by a car park. The old Port Rodie office will remain for the foreseeable future but will eventually be demolished also.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, Scottish Water, said: “Work will start soon to demolish the old toilet block at Port Rodie. During this work we will be working in an area enclosed by fences and the demolition will be carried out in a way that will cause minimum disruption to local people.

PROJECT IN FINAL STAGES

Work in the town centre for the various parts of the project is mostly completed and there will be some remedial works in the coming months to tie up loose ends and address snagging issues.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, Scottish Water, said: “Scottish Water and our delivery partner Leslie MWH want to thank local people for their understanding and patience while we carried out this project.  We’ve tried to engage with all parts of the community during the project and actively sought their involvement so we could accommodate them as best as possible.

”We’ve sponsored sports events such as the half marathon and helped out the schools with various projects so we feel we have given something back to the community as well.”

10th December 2012

Scottish Water is entering the final phase of the Loch Ryan project, which will upgrade the waste water treatment and sewer network for Stranraer and surrounding villages.

To keep local key stakeholders such as councillors, emergency services and representatives from community groups informed of the work there will be a community forum meeting in January at the new waste water treatment works near Leswalt.

The overall suite of projects consists of many strands: flood prevention; a new waste water treatment system; new sewers; removal or upgrading of storm pipes into watercourses; a new pumping station at Port Rodie; a long outfall pipe from Smithy Hill to Larbrax for treated waste water; sub sea infrastructure in Broadsea Bay to support the new outfall pipe; installation of power infrastructure and drainage ponds.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, Scottish Water, said: “Work recently started at Fairway to install new waste water infrastructure that will play a part in enhancing water quality in the burns and streams that feed into Loch Ryan. This is one of several small projects that feed into the overall waste water management in the area.

“Work also recently started on the power infrastructure for the new pumping station at Port Rodie. This work will cover the stretch from Port Rodie to Bellevilla Road, along Hanover Street then on to Dalrymple Street and end at Academy Street.

“Pipeline commissioning is underway on all of the installed pipelines.  The outfall pipe remains to be tested, as installation is due to complete in the New Year.

“Finally, work was recently completed on a SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) at the Blackpark Industrial Estate which consists of ponds we use to collect and naturally treat surface water. We have also completed reinstatement of gardens and ponds in Mayfield Avenue which were excavated to allow new sewer infrastructure to be put in place.

“Work in the town centre for these various projects is mostly completed and there will be some remedial works in the coming months to tie up loose ends and address snagging issues.

“We are aiming for an April completion date for the work - although there may be some small remedial work after that, the lion’s share of it will be complete by then.

“Scottish Water and our delivery partner Leslie MWH want to thank local people for their understanding and patience while we carried out this project.  We’ve tried to engage with all parts of the community during the project and actively sought their involvement so we could accommodate them as best as possible.

”We’ve sponsored sports events such as the half marathon and helped out the schools with various projects so we feel we have given something back to the community as well.”

20th September 2012

Work is progressing well on the Loch Ryan project to improve water quality by installing a modern waste water treatment facility.

The next stage of this improvement programme involves installing the necessary power infrastructure for the pumping station at Port Rodie.

In addition Scottish Water is undertaking work that will increase the environmental compliance of the storm overflows which are situated around the town.

In order to give local people the opportunity to view the plans, meet the team and to raise any questions or concerns they may have, Scottish Water is inviting local people to a drop in event at the Jubilee Room, North West Castle Hotel, Stranraer DG9 8EH on 3rd October from 4pm to 7pm.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, said: “If local people are unable to attend and have any questions or concerns they would like to discuss, please feel free to give us a call on 0845 601 8855 or you can e-mail us at lochryan@scottishwater.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.   

“Our Loch Ryan project will provide the first ever modern waste water treatment solution for Stranraer and surrounding villages.”
 

24th August 2012

As part of the ongoing work to construct a modern waste water treatment process that will serve Stranraer and surrounding areas, Scottish Water is advising local people that it is necessary to close the Port Rodie foot path from 3rd September 2012 until 21st December 2012.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, Scottish Water, said: “The foot path closure is required to allow for interconnecting works between the new pumping station at Port Rodie and the existing works.

“Alternative pedestrian access will be the public foot path on Harbour Street.

“We apologise for any inconvenience to local people as a result of this essential work and we want to thank local people for their patience.

“The people of Stranraer and local areas have been very understanding and supportive of this work and soon the waters of Loch Ryan will benefit from a modern and reliable waste water system. The new works at Smithy Hill will play a key part in the regeneration of the waterfront of Stranraer and provide Leswalt and Kirkcolm with vastly improved waste water facilities.” 

31st July 2012

Scottish Water and their contractor Leslie MWH will start work around mid-August to remove the redundant pumping station on the Cairnryan waterfront and restore the site to blend in with the surrounding landscape.

The work will be carried out within the confines of the site so will offer little or no inconvenience to local people. Access to the coastal path will remain in place however may be restricted in places.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, Scottish Water, said: “The work will consist of demolition of redundant underground primary settlement tanks, the roof structure which covers them, infill of the tanks and finally reinstatement of ground.

“There will be very limited impact for local people as site traffic will be using existing Scottish Water access off the main road. There may be some restricted access to the informal path along the raised shore however access will always be maintained.

“The people of Cairnryan are now served by a new waste water treatment works at the new Stena ferry terminal, which treats the water using conventional methods coupled with UV light which results in an excellent standard of treatment to protect the shellfish waters of Loch Ryan.

“The work will take around five weeks to complete.”

Scottish Water’s Loch Ryan project will give the communities of Stranraer, Leswalt and Kirkcolm a modern, reliable waste water treatment infrastructure which will remove the permanent discharge of treated waste water into Loch Ryan. The waste water will be pumped from a new station at Port Rodie to a waste water treatment works at Smithy Hill outside Leswalt, where it will be treated to a high standard before being discharged via a long outfall pipe to the Irish Sea near Broadsea Bay.

13th July 2012

Scottish Water will be hosting a stand at the 2012 Stranraer Show on Wednesday 25th July 2012 which will give local people a chance to learn more about the utility firm’s work in the area, particularly the upgrade work to the waste water system in the town.

Scottish Water’s Loch Ryan project will give the communities of Stranraer, Leswalt and Kirkcolm a modern, reliable waste water treatment infrastructure which will remove the permanent discharge of treated waste water into Loch Ryan. The waste water will be pumped from a new station at Port Rodie to a waste water treatment works at Smithy Hill outside Leswalt, where it will be treated to a high standard before being discharged via a long outfall pipe to the Irish Sea near Broadsea Bay. 

16th May 2012

Work is now well underway on all fronts for the project - the pumping stations at Kirkcolm and Leswalt have been started and the sewers are being laid to take the pumped waste water from Port Rodie to the new Loch Ryan Waste Water Treatment Works at Smithy Hill.

Construction of the new works is well advanced and the various buildings, tanks and apparatus have taken shape. There is a lot of activity underway locally with traffic coming and going. The project team wants to thank local people for their understanding as the work continues.

The project team will make a couple of community announcements soon, one of which is geared towards getting local young people involved with the project.

For any further information call the Customer Helpline on 0845 601 88 55 and quote "Loch Ryan Project".

2nd March 2012

The next stage of the Loch Ryan project involves laying a new section of sewer from the pumping station at Port Rodie to the new works at Smithy Hill near Leswalt.

In order to give local people the opportunity to view our plans, meet the team and to raise any questions or concerns they may have, Scottish Water is inviting local people to an information evening at Stranraer Library, North Strand Street, Stranraer, DG9 7LD between 3.00pm - 7.00pm on Tuesday 6th March 2012.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, said: “If local people are unable to attend and have any questions or concerns they would like to discuss, please feel free to give us a call on 0845 601 8855 or you can e-mail us at lochryan@scottishwater.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.   

“For this work we will be using the traditional open trench method which involves excavating the entire length of the sewer from ground level to the full depth required.  

“In order to ensure overall safety temporary road restrictions will need to be put in place.  This will include local control by temporary traffic lights, restriction of on-street parking and in some areas temporary road closures.

“Part of this work is located on Seabank Road, Sheuchan Street, Foreland Place, Leswalt High Road and Spring Bank Road.”

17th January 2012

Work is progressing well on the Loch Ryan project, which has been designed to improve the quality of both shellfish and leisure waters and the waste water provision in Stranraer and surrounding areas.

Our construction delivery partner, Leslie MWH, has updated their programme of works.

A new section of sewer pipeline is due to be laid in Foreland Place.  Work is due to take place from Thursday 12 January 2012 until mid-April 2012.

Access to private parking spaces at the rear of properties in Foreland Place will be required due to the location of the new pipeline.

A temporary road closure at the Old Creamery Park end of Foreland Place will be required towards the end of the planned works. 

Scottish Water will display road notices well in advance to keep local people informed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you have any questions about Scottish Water or the project, please call our Customer Helpline on 0845 601 8855.