E£5m flood scheme for Stanley to be completed next month

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A £5MILLION flood protection scheme in Stanley will be completed next month.

Yorkshire Water contractors Barhale have been working to enlarge sewers in the area since last October.

But the project, which has caused disruption to roads across the village, will by finished by the end of September.

It included the building of a new pumping station on Water Lane and an extra two 2km of sewer.

And Yorkshire Water project manager Paul Almond said the scheme would help to protect 50 homes and local roads from sewer flooding.

He said: “We appreciate that the road closures and work have had a big impact on the local community. The closures were necessary to ensure the safety of road users and on-site engineers but we are sorry for any disruption they caused.

“We are really grateful for the co-operation and patience local residents and customers have shown us. We hope the community can bear with us while we finish this very important project which will benefit many of our local 

The next phase of work, which will focus on Newlands Drive, should be complete by the end of August.

Then workers will need to do some extra work on Lime Pit Lane, before finishing the job with some improvements at the Water Lane treatment works.

During the scheme construction teams worked to develop a sustainable habitat for wildlife by re-using spoil from the construction work on unused land at the treatment works.

It is hoped it will attract species like butterflies, bees, toads and grass snakes.

The scheme is Yorkshire Water’s single largest investment on a project of this kind in the last five years.