Having visited the proposed site for the relocation of Hollym Water Treatment Works, Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley & Holderness, and local East Riding Councillor Lyn Healing, have suggested that the new proposal will be fairer to local residents.
The present treatment works is 70 metres from the cliff face which is fast eroding and must move to a new location.
Back in 2015, Graham listened to residents in Hollym and Withernsea who were concerned about how they may be affected by Yorkshire Water’s proposal to re-site the water treatment works which treats Withernsea’s sewerage.
Residents, supported by Graham as their MP, mounted a successful campaign to stop Yorkshire Water going ahead with their original site which was unacceptable to residents.
Following eighteen months of consultation, Yorkshire Water has come up with a new proposed site, to the south of Hollym.
Following the recent visit, Graham Stuart MP said:
“The original proposal for a new water treatment works was unacceptable to residents and I commend the work that they, East Riding Councillors and Hollym Parish Council undertook to make their voices heard and get Yorkshire Water to think again. I was pleased to see the new proposed site south of Hollym on my recent visit, and have confidence that it will meet with a better reception from residents than the last plan put forward.”
Councillor Lyn Healing commented:
“I am certainly happier with the revised site for the Hollym Water Treatment Works. In 2015, Withernsea residents told me they were up in arms that the proposed treatment works might lead to unpleasant smells in the town and so I’m cautiously pleased that Yorkshire Water have thought again and come up with this new plan.”
Cllr Healing added:
“I am pleased that Yorkshire Water will be once again consulting with residents before any planning application is submitted to ERYC, and that they will listen to any residents’ concerns.”
John Bond, Communications Adviser to Yorkshire Water said:
“It was great to be able to update Mr Stuart on our plans to relocate the waste water treatment works at Hollym and explain the different elements of the work in detail. The company listened to concerns around the impacts of the new treatment facility and potential disruption within the town of Withernsea and committed to ensure that residents, businesses and stakeholders continue to be consulted on the long term solution.”
In the next six months Yorkshire Water will put the new proposal out to consultation to residents in Hollym and Withernsea, in advance of making a planning application.