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Politicans on-site with Scottish Water

29 January 2018

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Work has started on a £2.8m investment project to improve Scottish Water’s waste water infrastructure and tackle flooding in Greenock town centre.

Last week Stuart McMillan MSP and Ronnie Cowan MP visited the site at the Bullring Car Park where the first phase of work began on Monday 12 January 2017.

Forty-seven metres of pipework is being installed to upgrade the existing sewer network, improve the water flow, and reduce the risk of flooding in the Oak Mall Shopping Centre and surrounding areas. The work is being carried out by Scottish Water’s alliance partner Amey Black and Veatch.

Project Manager Scott Henry said: “It’s been great having Mr McMillan and Mr Cowan down on site, for them to get a feel for the project and the work it entails.

“Although we can’t avoid some short-term disruption this project will, at the end of the day, benefit retailers and shoppers alike and minimise future disruption from flooding.”

After visiting the site, Mr McMillan said: “Flooding has been a problem for decades in Inverclyde and this £2.8m investment from Scottish Water is warmly welcomed. 

“This investment, in addition to other flooding investments in recent years, will have a positive effect locally. It also shows the support Scottish Government agencies have for Inverclyde.”

Mr Cowan added: “I’m delighted to see the investment by Scottish Water in Greenock which I hope will alleviate the flooding problems in and around the Oak Mall Shopping Centre.  This is investment which both Stuart McMillan and myself have been urging for some time. 

“As we are fully aware, Inverclyde has more than its fair share of water and properly managing such an important resource is crucial.  I look forward to seeing the works being completed.”

Drivers are reminded of a temporary closure of the Bullring Car Park which began on Friday 12th January 2018 and is expected to last until the end of March 2018. The footpath will remain open and alternative parking can be found on Cathcart Street East, Station Avenue East, Station Avenue West, and Dalrymple Street.

Scottish Water thanks affected road users in advance for their patience and understanding.

Scottish Water is planning the second phase of the project and will confirm the details of this in due course.