Pounds 10m Clean-Up Job 'A Success'

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A pounds 10M project to improve water cleanliness off the South Wales coast could lead to a flood of Blue Flag awards.

Whitmore Bay at Barry Island has already been given the top European award on the back of a wider pounds 80m programme to clean up water in the area.

And there are now hopes that the recently completed pounds 10m work at the Cog Moors treatment works in Sully and at the Aberthaw waste water treatment plant could herald a slew of flags.

Nigel Annett, managing director of Welsh Water, said: "Before work could begin we consulted in great detail with local people and stakeholders, and carried out rigorous environmental studies to ensure that we would protect the environment.

"This was particularly important for these projects as the extension to Cog Moors had to, unavoidably, be sited within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and West Aberthaw was itself a site of archaeological interest which required extensive surveying.

"A number of technical challenges had to be overcome for each of the upgrades at the planning stages and also during construction. …