Millions of pounds of investment at pongy Pentewan Valley sewage plant welcomed

Steve Double MP and Mevagissey Cornwall Councillor James Mustoe have welcomed confirmation from South West Water that a multi-million pound investment at their Menagwins Waste Water Treatment site is due to start in February.

Odours from the Menagwins site have long been a bone of contention locally, with even then-Prime Minister David Cameron kicking up a stink about it when he visited in 2015.

This has led to Steve and James meeting regularly with South West Water, Cornwall Council and local residents to try to find a solution to the long-running issue.

Commenting, Steve said:

“I am delighted to see that South West Water have confirmed this investment in their Menagwins site, something which I am pleased to have worked long and hard with local residents and councillors to bring in.”

“This significant step should go a long way to addressing the concerns of the residents and I am pleased that South West Water have continued to work with all concerned through the process in order to reach this stage.”

“I look forward to visiting the site later this year to see the improvements for myself.”

Commenting, James said:

“Bringing a decent solution to the odour problems at Menagwins has been a priority of mine since my election in 2014. There was no quick solution to these issues which had been a problem since at least the 1990’s but this £3.3m of investment to the plant should resolve process, capacity and treatment issues at the site which have long been a problem.”

“We have always been clear that along with monetary investment, a proper and regular maintenance and inspection regime should also be in place and I am pleased to see this is also in the pipeline, with the residents regularly consulted and kept up to date with what is going on.”

In addition to the housekeeping improvements, the capital works due to start on site in February are;

•           £3million scheme to improve the ammonia effluent processes and to address capacity for development, which should also aid the additional summer loading to the plant.

•           £300k scheme to improve the sludge treatment and handling process.