Mark Menzies in talks over water works

MP Mark Menzies met United Utilities chiefs to discuss a multi-million pound project which will protect Fylde’s water supply for years to come.

The 10-year £12m project, which began in 2006 in East Lancashire, is moving into its final phase and will see workmen moving on to the Fylde coast, beginning at Westby and then heading into Blackpool in the coming months.

The scheme will see new pipelines laid to replace old infrastructure which is at risk of leaking and causing water discoloration for homes in Lytham and St Annes.

While pleased the vital improvements were due to get underway, Mr Menzies took the opportunity to seek reassurances that any unnecessary disruptions to residents would be avoided where possible.

Following the meeting, the Member of Parliament said: “I am always pleased to hear about money being spent on large-scale infrastructure projects which will provide security and protection for services in Fylde.

“Unfortunately, this type of scheme can cause some issues around road networks or for those living close to where the work is taking place so I wanted to stress to the project manager that this should be kept to an absolute minimum.

“Having spoken to United Utilities, I received assurances that this would be the case and that they were following a strict timetable to ensure the work is being done quickly and with as little disruption as possible.

“While this project has been long in the planning, I am delighted it is now due to take place so that homes in Lytham and St Annes will be protected from discoloured water and any possible disruptions in service.”

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