A STUNNING village in the Peak District has benefitted from a £1.2 million investment to bring its sewage treatment works into the 21st century.
And while engineers were at it in Cressbrook, they also landscaped the green to leave a lasting legacy at the heart of the village.
Severn Trent Water's senior programme engineer, Daniel Cunliffe, said: "Cressbrook is a beautiful little village in the heart of the Peaks. The original sewage treatment works had been serving homes for more than 120 years – it was old and tired out.
"We needed to build a new modern works which could treat sewage more effectively, but we wanted to make sure its construction was sensitive to the area.
"We listened to the local community and used local materials to construct a new sewage treatment works, which was in keeping with the surrounding environment.
"While we were working we developed a close bond with the local community; they became our neighbours.
"We wanted to do something to make a real difference to them. The village green was regularly used for events and get-togethers, so we decided to give it a revival before we left.
"Working together with Cressbrook Parish Council, we developed a design for a new green and turned it into a reality.
"The new village green features dry stone walling, paths, walkways and raised beds.
"Most importantly, we put up a plaque to commemorate a former village patron, Mrs Worthington. This local philanthropist funded the original Cressbrook sewage works in 1893 and is still fondly remembered in the village. We are so proud to have left a modern and inspirational legacy in Cressbrook, while remembering the achievements of the past."
The work in the village was carried out by Severn Trent Water and its contract partner MWH. It was also made possible with the generous support of other partners including Southern & Redfern, Hendricks Civils & Lintels, GAP Group and Naylor Construction.