VAUXHALL have taken to the internet to urge people not to put themselves in danger by exploring their treatment plant in Ellesmere Port.
The car giant signed up to an online forum for urban explorers – people who spend their spare time wandering around industrial sites and taking photographs – after photographs were posted of people on the site.
Vauxhall are now warning them against further trespassing.
Huge pipes at the Vauxhall Effluent Trade Treatment Plant, situated behind the Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port, carry storm water from the site and into the Manchester Ship Canal.
All production waste waters are first treated and then discharged to the Municipal Treatment Plant for further treatment prior to ultimate discharge.
The forum member, appearing to speak for Vaxhall, wrote: “Whilst Vauxhall welcomes inquiries from concerned citizens regarding our operations, we do not encourage anyone to put themselves in danger by entering hazardous confined sewer spaces and deep ravines.
“As these are structures designed to handle storm water, they are subject to flash flooding.”
One urban explorer responded to the statment, arguing that the lack of security on the site made it easy pickings for people.
‘Georgie’ wrote: “If you’re that bothered about this place why is it left wide open for anyone to gain access?
“I’m sure we’re not the only ones to have been down there.
“There’s a sign saying ‘warning risk of drowning’ but no effort put in place to stop anyone from going in so from an explorers point of view its quite inviting.”