Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, has heard from residents in Hollym and Withernsea who are concerned about how they may be affected by Yorkshire Water’s proposal to re-site the water treatment works which treats Withernsea’s sewerage.
Graham said “Residents of Hollym and Withernsea have let me know they are concerned that the site Yorkshire Water proposes to move the water treatment works to will lead to them suffering smells. I understand their worries, and their lack of trust in Yorkshire Water, given that both Hedon and Beverley residents have had to put up with smells this summer from the Saltend and Beverley water treatment plants.
“I am pleased that Yorkshire Water is consulting with residents on their plans, with the next drop-in session taking place next Thursday, 24 September, at Hollym Village Hall between 3pm and 7pm. I urge all residents to go along to find out more and to ask their questions.
“I have written to the Chief Executive of Yorkshire Water to let him know that my constituents need assurance that unpleasant odours will not waft over the village, the golf course, the caravan parks, and into Withernsea. The caravan parks also need to know that the screening of the site will be carried out with mature trees and shrubs which will quickly hide the site from view. I will also be asking if there is another site which could be used which would alleviate everyone’s concerns.”
Councillor Lyn Healing said “At the Yorkshire Water Drop-In event this week Withernsea residents told me they are up in arms that this new water treatment plant might lead to unpleasant smells in the town and they need to know what to expect. I sit on the Planning Committee which will determine the planning application in due course and so I am taking a very close interest in Yorkshire Water’s proposals to make sure that when I vote on the issue I have all the information I need to come to the right decision based on the facts. I look forward to hearing more residents’ views at the Drop-In on Thursday 24 September.”
Councillor Arthur Hodgson said “I attended Yorkshire Water’s drop-in event last week, and will be at next week’s one as well. Residents told me of their worries about the potential for smells, and that they are just not prepared to have their lives blighted in that way. I am looking forward to hearing what Yorkshire Water’s Plan B is as that might resolve many of the issues. I’m pleased our MP, Graham Stuart, is highlighting Hollym’s and Withernsea’s concerns to Yorkshire Water’s Chief Executive.”
Mr Adrian Boasman, Vice Chairman of Hollym Parish Council said “I would prefer to see the site in a different location but still between the sea and the village, so that the prevailing wind takes any odours over the sea, by-passing the village completely, as it does now. I don’t understand why Yorkshire Water would build a water treatment plant on the windward side of the village. I would also like to know what other sites are possible and why Yorkshire Water has discounted them.”