£5 million project to tackle sewer flooding in Annan to start in new year

05 November 2020
Flooding in Annan

Flooding in Annan

This investment will help reduce the risk of flooding in the area

A £5 million project to improve Annan’s wastewater network and help reduce sewer flooding at times of heavy rainfall will begin early in the new year.

Scottish Water has planning permission for the investment which will involve the installation of an underground storm water tank in Newington Park (near Rose St and Charles St) and upgrading sections of the sewer network.

Two green control kiosks for the new tank will be put up near the existing playpark. The kiosks house controls to help operate the pumps for the tanks and will have a security fence built around them.

Scottish Water will upgrade the equipment in the children's play area in the park ahead of it reopening in a different area of Newington Park once the work is complete.

The work, which is due to start in January will last around 14 months. It will be carried out by Scottish Water alliance partner Amey Black & Veatch (aBV).

Brian Whyte, project manager for aBV, said: “We have been liaising with the community about this project for some time now and now planning permission has been granted we are making final preparations for work to begin on this essential upgrade work in January 2021.

“We appreciate this work will cause some inconvenience to people in the town and will do all we can to minimise any disruption. Most of the work will be carried out during the week in the daytime.”

Scottish Water will notify customers in the area ahead of the work to confirm the start date. A small number of trees near the site will be removed ahead of the main work getting underway, this is essential to make way for to make way for the new sewer infrastructure.

Scott Fraser, Communities Manager at Scottish Water, said: “This major investment project will help address internal sewer flooding issues in parts of Annan where an upgrade is now needed.

“Storm flows from the sewers in town, which can become overloaded, will be redirected to the new underground tank. The tank will retain the water until storms subside when the water is then pumped back into the sewers to help prevent flooding to homes and streets.”

A temporary access road formed part of the planning application for the construction phase of the project. Construction vehicles will access Newington Park from Standalane.

Most of the Newington Park - including the children's play area - will be closed while the upgrade is carried out. The walkways at the edge of the park and football pitch will remain open.

Mr Fraser added: “We will continue to engage with people living and visiting the area where work is being done to keep them up-to-date on this essential project.

Andy Ferguson, Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee, welcomed the work. He said: “Dumfries and Galloway Council has supported Scottish Water’s proposals to provide additional storage within the wastewater network system under Newington Park by working collaboratively. The proposed works is a positive step for residents who have experienced surface water flooding in this area.”