Massive £18m investment plans at Fleetwood’s wastewater works could provide a Blue Flag boost to beaches on the Fylde coast.
The new proposals at the town’s Jameson Road site involve building a huge, 30m deep underground water storage tank big enough to contain 16 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Plant operator United Utilities says the work will help improve the quality of bathing water across the Fylde coast.
It is hoped UU’s new works can help the beaches gain the coveted Blue Flag status.
The proposals have been lodged with Wyre Council for consideration by planners.
A United Utilities spokesman said: “We want to carry out work in this location to build another underground storage tank which will be used to hold storm water during heavy periods of rain.
“This will prevent unwanted spills into local water courses.
“We already have two similar tanks at this location.
“This £18m project is part of our ongoing investment to help improve bathing water quality across the Fylde coast.”
The plans lodged with Wyre include new plant, underground storage tank building, odour control unit, hardstanding and landscaping.
This latest work comes around five years after UU made major investments to tackle the problem smell from the sewage plant which plagued Fleetwood for over a decade.
The extensive £55m revamp greatly reduced the smell issue.
Fleetwood resident Viv Worth was one of the most outspoken critics of the plant operators after enduring 12 years of the pong from the site.
She said: “If this latest work improves the bathing quality as well as it has reduced the smell it is something to be welcomed.
Coun Jack Harrison, who represents Rossall on Fleetwood Town Council, says it is critical the beach and waters off Fleetwood should be looked after.
He said: “The fact that United Utilities are looking to invest £18m in the treatments works at Fleetwood is to be welcomed. If this work results in cleaning bathing water and a Blue Flag award for Fleetwood, all well and good.”
The new odour control unit will deal with any smells rising up from the tank, preventing further issues.