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Ardersier Primary School to host Scottish Water sewer renewal information event on works at the village's Nairn Road and Station Road

By Donald Wilson

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Scottish Water is inviting residents in Ardersier to attend a drop-in event tomorrow (Wednesday) to find out about plans to renew part of the village’s sewer network which serves homes near the junction of Nairn Road and Station Road.

The information event will take place at Ardersier Primary School from 3.30pm until 6.30pm.

Members of Scottish Water’s project team will also be attending the regular meeting of Ardersier and Petty Community Council later on the same evening. Both events will allow residents to find out more about the sewer renewal project, raise any questions and provide feedback.

The planned work which is expected to take around 12 months to complete will see the replacement of deteriorating pitch fibre pipes, which have become prone to blockages.

To minimise disturbance to gardens, the replacement sewer will be relocated into public land – which will require the temporary closure of a section of Station Road during one of the project’s three main phases.

The work is set to begin early in the new year and will be carried out on Scottish Water’s behalf by Morrison Construction.

Scottish Water’s project manager, James Wiseman, said: “The work that we are preparing to carry out is essential to provide an acceptable level of service to customers in part of Nairn Road and Station Road.

“The sewer in this part of the village was originally laid in properties’ gardens, using pitch fibre pipes which are now in deteriorating condition. We need to replace these with modern pipes – and are taking the opportunity to relocate the sewer into public land in order to reduce the disruption for residents and provide improved access for future maintenance.

“We recognise that the planned work will still have significant impacts on the residents in the houses where we are working – and on the village’s road network for the part of our work that will require the closure of Station Road.

“We want to do all we can to work with local residents and the wider community to keep disruption to a minimum, while completing our work safely. I would encourage anyone who would like to know more to come along to speak to our team on Wednesday, December 7 – or otherwise to get in touch.”

The upcoming work is not linked to a project which Scottish Water has delivered in recent years to upgrade Ardersier’s Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW). Main construction work at the WWTW was completed earlier in 2022 and the upgraded site has been in operation since the summer.

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