MP shown six thousand year-old tools found on £2.3m Yorkshire Water scheme

Kevin Hollinrake MP was shown tools from 4000BC which were uncovered on a pipeline route at Yorkshire Water’s £2.3m investment scheme near Bagby.

The MP for Thirsk and Malton was shown a number of flint tools from the Neolithic period 4000 to 2000BC that were found after archaeological surveys were completed by Northern Archaeological Associates prior to the scheme starting.

Small knives, a scraper and piercers, which would have been used to work on animal skins were uncovered. After being examined by specialists the tools will be given to the Yorkshire Museum in York.

The items were found by Yorkshire Water whilst it was installing a three-mile long sewer pipe from Bagby to its waste water treatment works at Sowerby, Thirsk.

The project, which is being completed on the company’s behalf by Mott McDonald Bentley, commenced in August this year and is part of a wider programme of environmental improvements to enhance the quality of water that is discharged from some of its waste water treatment works.

Yorkshire Water is investing £70m to improve the water that is returned to the environment to meet new environmental targets on phosphorus removal. The company is improving 196km of water courses throughout the county.

The new sewer pipeline will mean that Bagby sewage plant can be decommissioned with the village’s sewage waste treated in Thirsk instead. Thirsk waste water treatment works is located off Sandholmes Lane in Sowerby and is soon to undergo an upgrade too.

The MP was also shown how the company is avoiding 2-way traffic lights on the A19 near to Bagby to avoid traffic congestion on this busy road. They have excavated two deep holes in the fields adjacent to the highway and will drill under the road and then install the pipe connecting up to the pipe leading to the waste water treatment works.

Emily Brady from Yorkshire Water, said: “This investment shows our commitment to improving water treatment and helping the environment. These investments will have a profound effect on improving our processes.”

Kevin Hollinrake added: “I was very interested to see first-hand the investment being made in water treatment in North Yorkshire. It was particularly pleasing to see that drainage and sewage works are being future proofed to take into account predicted housing and population growth up till 2030. It is hugely important that we deliver infrastructure at the same time as this growth is actually happening, rather than fire-fighting when capacity is exceeded. We also need to take the same approach for other vital services, such as health and transport.”