United Utilities have agreed to hold a public meeting to discuss residents' concerns about the major sewage replacement work in Blundellsands after meeting with the ward's new Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett.
Cllr Bennett has received complaints from residents regarding the work which is being carried out by United Utilities on the grassed area between Weston Court and the sand dunes on Crosby beach.
The work, which will last until March of next year, will see a large new tank installed with the aim of reducing the risk of flooding in properties in the Blundellsands area.
But nearby residents have raised a range of concerns with Cllr Bennett which include:
- Noise from the construction site
- The level of consultation with residents before the project began
- The possibility of foul odour from the site once sewage is introduced to the tank
- Antisocial behaviour linked to the site
Cllr Bennett met with the project coordinator to raise the residents' concerns.
Cllr Bennett said: "I met recently with the project coordinator for the site to discuss the complaints some residents have about the work and it was agreed that a residents’ meeting with United Utilities staff would be a sensible way forward.
"I think we all agree that the work is needed, because of the ongoing problems of flooding throughout the area. But we all want to ensure that the work is done in conjunction with the community and any disruption is kept to a minimum.
"The public meeting we are arranging will give residents the chance to speak to the project coordinator directly, hear what the work will entail and also give local people the chance to flag up any concerns which they have."
Cllr Bennett is urging people to attend the meting once a firm date, time and venue is arranged.
Cllr Bennett said: "We are making the arrangements now for the meeting and we will ensure that as many people know about it as possible. I would urge everyone in this community to come along and have your say.
"This work represents a substantial investment in our area and will combat a longstanding problem which many people in this community have experienced over a number of years, but I know that 12 months of work could be a big disruption for some residents.
"I want to make sure any concerns you have are taken seriously and dealt with as quickly as possible.
"I will continue to make sure that any problems which are brought to my attention are addressed and the work causes as little inconvenience as possible, so please contact me with any concerns that you have by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0151 531 1193."
Details of the public meeting will be distributed as soon as they are finalised.