SEWAGE works being carried out as part of the expansion of a shopping centre are on the verge of completion.
The work – next to the bus station in front of TJ Hughes – forms part of phase one of The Port Arcades development scheme.
United Utilities was at the site yesterday to assess and approve the newly constructed sewer pipework.
Building work for the scheme, which will see four new retail units added to the centre, is to stop during the run-up to Christmas to minimise disruption to shoppers and traders.
Construction of three of the new units will start in January.
Port Arcades manager Les Lyon said: “My understanding is completion of the sewage works is imminent.”
A spokesman for United Utilities added: “This scheme, which is designed to divert two main sewers so that an extension can be made to The Port Arcades shopping centre, has been led by the developer of the shopping centre under our supervision.
“We granted the developer permission to divert the sewers and they have used their own contractors to carry out the work.
“While work has been ongoing we have been on-site to ensure that the work is carried out correctly and to our agreed requirements.
“We are visiting the site today (Tuesday) to approve flows into the newly constructed sewer pipework.”
The expansion, by centre owner Frogmore Real Estates Partners, has been planned to take place over two years.
Director Eric Roseman says the extension will attract new retailers and create jobs opportunities.
The town centre toilets will be improved as part of the scheme, during which they will need to close. Alternative provision is available in the town centre.