Plans for North section of region’s biggest plumbing project posted online
Customers in South Lakeland can now check out the final plans for a new section of the Haweswater Aqueduct that United Utilities will be laying in their area as part of the region’s biggest ever plumbing job.
The water firm is refurbishing the giant Haweswater Aqueduct which has been bringing drinking water from Cumbria, through Lancashire and into Greater Manchester since 1955. Time has taken its toll on the pipeline and work is needed to minimise water disruptions and maintain water quality. The Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme (HARP) proposes replacing six sections of the 110km pipeline.
After its innovative virtual public exhibition, launched due to Covid restrictions, United Utilities is now publishing its planning application proposals online showing plans for the two new proposed tunnel sections, which will run through South Lakeland to the East of Kendal.
Over 12,000 people took part in last years’ face to face public exhibitions or visited the virtual site to check out proposals with 2,000 people taking the opportunity to have their say about the plans.
The final proposals for this section of the pipeline will see planning applications submitted to South Lakeland District Council and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in June 2021 and can be viewed at www.harpconsultation.co.uk
The online plans follow the same format as the virtual exhibition site and show details of each working area. They also include an interactive map and a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document.
Stakeholder manager, Jemma Parkinson, commented: “We want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in our consultation process and especially to all those that sent us their views and comments.
“We have been busy consulting with communities, customers, businesses and stakeholders to help develop this programme.
“Thousands of people have had their say, helping us to deliver one of the biggest consultation exercises we have ever undertaken.
“Their input has assisted in the creation of the final programme of works which will secure vital water services for generations to come,” she added.
United Utilities is also planning to hold a live Webinar at 6pm on 27th May so customers can hear more about the plans. The Webinar will be hosted by the projects’ planners, engineers and specialists as they talk through the proposed South Lakeland pipelines. Customers interested in joining the Webinar can register for the event by visiting www.harpconsultation.co.uk