I promised I'd update residents following my visit to Davyhulme Waste Water Treatment plant. Recently, there have been lots of complaints about odour from the plant.
I was told the plant is currently undergoing a massive modernisation programme, with a new inlet works, new tanks and better methods of treating odour. I was shown the new tanks, which will have covers on them to reduce odour. More waste water will also be treated away from the parts of the site which are closest to residential areas. Tankers and heavy vehicles will no longer enter by Rivers Lane, which will be for light traffic only.
The new process should come on stream by next June and, although it won't completely remove odour problems, United Utilities hope it will significantly reduce them. In the meantime, they're trying to keep local residents informed about the cause and the actions they're taking when odour is a problem. Recent complaints were because United Utilities were handling extra sludge which took longer to shift through the process. They post up to date information on their website, so that's worth a look if you have concerns.
United Utilities also support some great local charities and community groups, and they'll be running free workshops on social media and applying for funding from them over the next few weeks. More information about these workshops can be found here.