Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre

Response from Councillor Ronald Whittaker to Matt Wheeldon, Sue Lindsay and Steven Hobbs

17th December 2009

RE: Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre

Matt,

Thank you, grateful now to have these details, yes know about pass problems with the bursts, will look forward in the new year to know as to W,W plans and more so when the capital works are likely for the new pipeline, and route it will take, mean time thank you for getting back, have included relevant officers.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Matt Wheeldon to Councillor Ron Whittaker

17th December 2009

RE: Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre

Dear Councillor Ron Whittaker,

Can I take the opportunity to address your questions in the e-mail string below:

Our view was that CCWater should pass on the good news to yourself about Ofwat funding Berry Hill pipeline although I understand from our Chairman that he did e-mail you too once we had heard the news.

We actually have two import pipelines from Holdenhurst to Berry Hill. These two pipelines carry different types of sludge from Holdenhurst STW (our 3rd largest STW) to Berry Hill, where the sludge is treated. We maximise the use of these pipelines and replaced one of them in 2005. Pumping sludge over long distances requires high pressures and one of the mains had a history of bursts.

We do aim to continually maximise the throughput of these two import pipelines and to minimise tanker movements into Berry Hill STC.

I hope this addresses your queries. Please feel free to contact me if there is anything else I can do.

Kind Regards,

Matt Wheeldon

Head of Wastewater

Planning and Asset Management

Wessex Water, Claverton Down Road, Bath BA2 7WW

Telephone: 01225 526508

E-mail from Sue Lindsay to Matt Wheeldon - Head of Wastewater - Wessex Water

17th December 2009

FW: Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre

Hi

See question from Councillor Whittaker.

Can you help?

Sue Lindsay

Head of Consumer Affairs

Telephone:01225 526249

E-mail from Steve Hobbs to Sue Lindsay - Head of Consumer Affairs

17th December 2009

FW: Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre

Sue,

I e-mailed Councillor Whittaker to confirm that the Berry Hill pipeline scheme has been passed (see below). Colin has also e-mailed Councillor Whittaker separately to advise that more detail on the scheme will be forthcoming, once WSX have completed the analysis of the Final Determination.

Councillor Whittaker has come back with the query below, about an existing pipeline from Holdenhurst to Berry Hill, and whether it’s currently being used. He suggests use of this pipe this could ease the problem with the disruption and noise from the tanker deliveries, ahead of the new pipeline scheme being introduced (I was unaware that there is already a pipeline in existence).

Could someone at WSX address this query for Councillor Whittaker?

Thanks,

Steve Hobbs

Policy Manager, Consumer Council for Water - Western Region

Reply from Councillor Ronald Whittaker to Steven Hobbs

17th December 2009

RE: Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre

Steve,

Again thank you, but why does no one answer the one question about the existing Pipeline already existing from Holdenhurst into Berry Hill, it that being used, if so, then why cannot those tankers from those areas identified use Holdenhurst in the meantime, a very straightforward question, which no one seems to be able to answer, any way thank you Steve.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Reply from Steven Hobbs to Coucncillor Ron Whittaker

17th December 2009

RE: Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre

Dear Councillor Whittaker,

Thanks for your message.

I have seen the response you have received from the Chairman of Wessex Water, and understand that once the company have completed their analysis of the Final Determination, they will be in be position to provide more detail about the Berry Hill scheme in the New Year.

Regards,

Steve Hobbs

Policy Manager, Consumer Council for Water - Western Region

Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Steven Hobbs

16th December 2009

RE: Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre

Steve,

Can I thank you for your e-mail, on the decision it seems by Ofwat to support the case made for the Pipeline to Berry Hill, that is great news, am surprised that such information has as yet not been passed to me from either Wessex Water of Ofwat, in view of my long standing involvement, so am extremely grateful that you have communicated the information to me, which i can now pass on to others.

What i now need is the details of the line of the import pipeline to Berry Hill, one particular question that for some reason Wessex Water have not answered, is the existence of the Holdenhurst pipeline which runs into Berry Hill, which if used would now reduce present Tanker movements from at least THREE other works, i.e. Weymouth, Palmersford and Christchurch, this way would at least take tankers off the existing Castle lane West and Broadway lane through the Village.

So hopefully one will receive the necessary detail information, which one would have expected Ofwat to have asked.

Meantime thank you Steve,

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Steven Hobbs - Policy Manager, Consumer Council for Water Western Region to Councillor Ron Whittaker

15th December 2009

Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre

Dear Councillor Whittaker,

Following my last e-mail in late October, on 26th November Ofwat announced the Final Determinations for water company prices and investment programmes for 2010-15.

Wessex Water has confirmed that their Final Determination included funding for the delivery of the proposed import pipeline to Berry Hill, to reduce tanker movements to the treatment centre. Wessex Water will eventually published a Monitoring Plan which will determine the timetable for the delivery of all major investment schemes during 2010-15.

Once the pipeline is in place, this should considerably reduce the disruption and nuisance caused by the tanker deliveries, and is hopefully a satisfactory resolution to the problems the local residents have raised with you.

With regards,

Steve Hobbs

Policy Manager

Consumer Council for Water - Western Region

Tel: 0117 955 7001

Fax: 0117 955 7037

E-mail: steven.hobbs@ccwater.org.uk

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