Plans for water treatment works on Fylde peninsula

A water treatment works could be built on the Fylde peninsula, if planning permission is granted.

United Utilities wants to build a treatment centre near Poulton to improve bathing water in the area.

The development would reduce the spill of untreated stormwater to the River Wyre, the utility company said.

It will discuss the plans with residents at a meeting at the River Wyre Hotel on 18 October.

Rob Tidswell, United Utilities' manager for the area, said: "This scheme is necessary to assist in helping the Environment Agency in meeting European standards for bathing waters around the Fylde, which is very important to tourism and local business.

"We are keen for local residents to come along on the day and chat with us so we can show the plans, discuss our ideas and gain feedback to allow us to complete the designs prior to planning submission."

United Utilities said new European standards, due to be enforced from 2015, meant treated water returned to the Irish sea from the North West had to be of a better standard.

It said the improvements would also benefit the River Wyre and beaches along the Fylde coast.

If planning permission is granted, work would start late next year.

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