'We won't be pumping up the volume'

PUBLISHED: 11:17 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009

Work starts on Three Valleys Water’s new pumphouse

Work starts on Three Valleys Water's new pumphouse

A NOISY neighbour is set to move into a quiet WGC street - much to the chagrin of residents. People living in The Vineyard have voiced their unease as water company Three Valleys Water prepares to build a new pumping station in their street. Resident Rose

A NOISY neighbour is set to move into a quiet WGC street - much to the chagrin of residents.

People living in The Vineyard have voiced their unease as water company Three Valleys Water prepares to build a new pumping station in their street.

Resident Rose Vance said: "Three Valleys Water has not informed us of any of their plans, and there is nothing on their website.

"I don't know if they are allowed to do this but they should inform us first. A big pumping station like this is going to create a lot of noise."

Another resident said: "I am concerned that the value of my house will decrease because who wants to leave near a big pumping station?

"This is meant to be a conservation area yet they are putting a great big building here."

Three Valleys Water's proposed building to house the water pump will be 2.3m wide, 3.8m long, and 2.5m high.

Initial work is under way and the company hope to finish within four weeks.

A spokeswoman for the Hatfield-based company said: "Three Valleys Water needs to upgrade sections of the distribution network including a booster in The Vineyard to improve the supply to over 1,500 properties.

"We understand that this will have some visual impact so we plan to fence the kiosk in keeping with the look of the street once it has been built.

"The booster to be installed is of a low noise level and the housing in which it will be situated will give extra insulation so to cause as least noise as possible.

"We did notify customers in the streets we have been working in, but if residents didn't receive any notice they can contact us."

A spokeswoman for Welwyn Hatfield Council confirmed that no planning permission would be needed for the building.

She said: "Planning legislation allows statutory undertakers, such as Three Valleys Water, to construct buildings for the purposes of the supply of water without the need to obtain planning permission from district or borough councils.

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