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Concerns raised over Cardigan’s wastewater site expansion scheme

Cardigan's waste water treatment plant (Pic: Google Street View)

CONCERNS have been raised that a proposed extension to Cardigan’s wastewater treatment works will have an “extreme” impact on neighbouring homes, with a claimed unsafe route to the site.

Dŵr Cymru is seeking permission from Ceredigion county planners for an extension to its existing works, on open pasture land at Netpool Road, Cardigan.

It has said the works will reduce the amount of pollution in the Teifi, as well as helping address a long-standing planning issue in the county.

A supporting statement, by agent Ove Arup and Partners Limited (Arup) says Cardigan wastewater treatment works (WwTW) currently sees seawater entering the site from the tidal Afon Teifi, especially during spring high tides.

“This results in the WwTW prematurely spilling during most high tide events (circa 200 times per annum) due to the WwTW not having the capacity needed to deal with wastewater entering the works during these events.”

It says the expansion would reduce spills of untreated effluent, improving water quality in the long-term.

“The proposed development is necessary to improve the existing Cardigan wastewater treatment works which at this time cannot cope with the peaks of salinity, making the existing WwTW back up which causes premature spills. As such, these essential upgrades are a priority for the WwTW.”

It adds: “The proposed development would contribute to the protection of the environment from the adverse effects of untreated urban wastewater from entering into the Afon Teifi and meet environmental standards set out by the regulator.”

However, concerns have been raised about the scheme, saying there will be an impact on neighbouring homes, and the site is unsafe.

Commenting on the application, Rose Barter said: “I am making a representation on behalf of the four dwellings surrounding this site.

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We consider that the impact to the residents of these dwellings will be extreme, particularly during the building phase of work.

“We also believe that the plan for access to the site is untenable and would like to suggest an alternative route to the site and an alternative site (on the opposite side of the existing works) which will not impact on residents in any way.

“The current transport path, once it leaves the bypass will include a very dangerous right turn (opposite Theatr Mwldann). A second dangerous turn to enter Greenfield Road. An extremely narrow residential road, a left turn at the entrance to the skate park, where teenagers often wander into the road on their phones or chatting. A drive past the cemetery and chapel of rest, which will upset many residents who go there for peace to remember and honour their loved ones. We have often had to back up that road several times when funerals are taking place and there are cars parked and dozens of mourners in the road.

“Finally, straight through a park, constantly in use by families and people walking their dogs. It then meets the coastal path, passes the boat yard (in constant use with people backing out and manoeuvring their vehicles in a tight space) goes directly behind two tiny cottages, one of which is in very bad repair, up a small road with no pavement, which is also the coastal path. Finally, it will meet the existing sewage works.

“We all feel that this route is not safe and if an alternative site were used an alternative route avoiding all of these hazards could be found.”

The application will be considered by planners at a later date.

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