Anglian Water is to hold a public exhibition in Clenchwarton on Monday, March 11th. The event will showcase the water company’s plans for a new pumping station, to be built near the Pullover roundabout at the junction of the A47 and A17.

The scheme, if granted planning permission, will reduce the amount of road traffic driving to the treatment works in the village. Instead, liquid sludge will be unloaded from tankers at the new site, and pumped to the treatment works on Clockcase Lane through a 4km pipeline buried underground.  

The sludge is then treated at the facility, and used to generate energy which powers the site. Surplus energy is exported into the local grid.  

“We’ve been keeping local communities in Clenchwarton and West Lynn informed about our plans as they’ve developed,” said Steve Swan, Anglian Water Project Manager, “but we know some questions are best answered face to face. That’s why we’re holding this exhibition – to answer any remaining questions, and to outline what our programme of works will be, if we are successfully granted planning permission for this project.”  

A planning application for the scheme is currently being considered by Norfolk County Council, and it is hoped a decision will be reached early in the summer. Work should then begin in August, with construction and commissioning complete by April 2013, if land purchase and development all run to schedule.  

Anglian Water has previously investigated transporting sludge to the site on barges, using the region’s waterways. The complexity of the scheme and escalating cost lead to that option being shelved last year, after a trial-run on the River Ouse. Constructing a new access road has also been ruled out, after previous consultation with the local community revealed concerns this would move the problem, but not fix it.  

“Transport by barge remains theoretically appealing,” said Steve Swan, “and was shown to be very popular with local communities. Unfortunately, though, the scheme didn’t offer good value for money for us or our customers. We’re progressing with plans for a new reception centre and pumping station because we feel it’s the most cost-effective way to addresses more of the concerns of more people than any alternative.”