Wiltshire

Swindon underground storm tanks plan revealed

Plans to build two storm tanks under Swindon, one the size of 10 double-decker buses, are to go on display.

Thames Water wants to sink tanks under Haydon Wick, to store wastewater during heavy rain and stop flooding and sewage backing up into homes and gardens.

The 1,000 and 500 cubic metre tanks would be built underground near the Tawny Owl pub and beneath the park to the north of Taw Hill Village Centre.

The plans will be on display at the St Francis CofE Primary School.

The storage tanks are part of a £4.5m upgrade to the area's sewer network.

Andrew Popple, from Thames Water, said the work was to "prevent problems happening further down the line".

"The two underground tanks will capture flows of wastewater during storms," he said.

"It will also make sure our sewers are ready for any further expansion of the town."

The project is expected to take up to a year to complete.

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