Scheme to upgrade sewage treatment works under way

West Street junction Belford
West Street junction Belford

A multi-million-pound scheme to upgrade the sewage treatment works in a north Northumberland village is now under way.

The scheme, in Belford, began towards the start of the month, will cost £2.1million and be completed by the end of April next year.

Work will involve upgrading various assets and processes on the site, which is located near Belford Golf Club to the west of the A1, and as a result, its treatment capacity will be doubled.

It will also improve the quality of water being discharged into Belford Burn.

The treatment works currently treats up to 200million litres of waste water per day.

After this work is complete, this will increase to up to 560million litres of waste water per day.

The site currently serves a population of around 1,000 and this will double after the work and enable growth in the area.

Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, Mike Foster, said: “We are investing hundreds of millions of pounds to upgrade our vast sewer and water networks.

“This work will not only improve the performance of the treatment works, but will also have a positive impact on the local economy by enabling growth and on the environment by improving water quality in Belford Burn.

“The scheme demonstrates our commitment to being prepared for the future.”

The planning application for the improvement works was submitted in July. It received no objections and was approved in early September.

A planning statement says that it is estimated that on average there shall be five truck movements per day, with localised peaks of 30 per day for short bursts.