Cardigan Lower Town
We’re planning to invest £3.7 million to upgrade the wastewater system in the Lower Town area of Cardigan to help reduce the risk of sewer flooding in the area. Here you’ll find out information about the work and how it may affect you.
We hope to start our work in October and expect to be finished within 9 months. Please note this start date is subject to external approvals, but we will let you know if the dates of our work need to change.
We’re doing this work because the sewers in Cardigan which take away wastewater from homes and businesses are combined sewers, which means they also carry the water that comes off roofs and gutters. This means that sometimes in heavy rain it can overwhelm the system and water comes out of the manholes causing flooding.
So that we can stop this happening, we’re going to make more room in the network by installing around 250 metres of new wastewater pipe and construct a new pumping station. The new pumping station will be built in the small car parking area in front of The Angel, before moving on to Morgan Street, along Carriers Lane, to The Strand where our relief overflow will be located. This is necessary as when the river levels are high the current relief cannot drain.
This work will help stop flooding from the sewers, but it will not help to stop surface water flooding or tidal flooding, as surface water flooding in the road and tidal flooding do not come under the responsibility of Welsh Water.
Our contractor partners Morgan Sindall will be carrying out this work, and our working hours will be from 7.30am – 6pm, Monday to Friday, but there may be times when we need to work later or on weekends to get the work done.
We will be working in a number of streets in Cardigan, including The Strand, Carrier’s Lane, St Mary Street, Morgan Street, and at the junction of Pwllhai and Morgan Street.
In order to carry out this work as safely as possible, we’ll need to temporarily close a small section of St Mary Street for the duration of our work, from the junction of Morgan Street to just after The Angel. The one-way system along St Mary Street from the Angel hotel to the Pwllhai junction will need to be temporarily revoked to allow two-way traffic and car parking along St Mary Street will still be available for those who use it.
Access will be maintained for residents and businesses on St Mary Street, but parking directly outside properties may be limited. Our site team will be happy to discuss parking with you to see what can be accommodated once our work begins.
Due to the location of our new pumping station, we will need to permanently remove a small number of parking spaces directly in front of The Angel, and the small car park outside Seyran’s Pizza will be temporarily unavailable for the duration of our work as we will need utilise this area for construction operations.
Want to know more?
Join our virtual public information event, with Natural Resources Wales and Ceredigion Council, which will be running from the 13th September 2021 - 26th September 2021.
You’ll also be able speak with us during our live chat Q&A sessions, where our project team will be on hand to answer all your questions.
You can speak with us on:
- Wednesday, 15th September 2021 - 16:00 – 19:00
- Tuesday 21st September 2021 - 13:00 – 15:00
Can’t make this time? No problem, you can visit the online event at any time during these two weeks and you’ll get the chance to find out more about the project and send us a message with your questions.
Access our event here: cardigan-investment.virtual-engage.com
Frequently Asked Questions
We hope that you will find all the information that you need on this page, but if you still have any questions about the work then you are welcome to get in touch with us by calling our call centre, which is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day on 0800 085 3968.
We are only closing a small part of St Mary Street so most residents will be able to get to their homes with a car by using the diversion. Access will be maintained for residents living on St Mary Street, but parking will be limited during this section of our work.
Yes, if they use the diversion. If you have any concerns regarding this, please speak to a member of our site team who will be more than happy to help.
Yes, there will be provision for emergency vehicles.
Yes, the work will not affect your wastewater services.
Yes, if you leave your bins out as normal, they will be collected as usual. If there are any problem with the collections, please contact Ceredigion County Council as they are the service provider.
No, this work will not affect your water supply.
Yes, we will need to use a generator and pump system during our work. The generator will be a silenced generator and it will be surrounded by acoustic barriers. We will need these generators to be running during our working hours, but there may be occasions when we need to have the generator and pump running over night.
The site will not be lit at night but there will be security lights which will come on when triggered by movement in the site. These are connected to the security system which will immediately alert us to any intruders on site.