Payment to be made over 10 to 15 years in a bid to clean up the city’s sewage system is being considered, it has been announced.
The council has committed to spending £20m over 10-year time.
Brentwood Council’s chief executive Mark Roberts said: “Our priority is to clean the sewage system, which we know has an effect on our quality of life and our health.”
The council, which has been criticised by the Environmental Audit Office (EAO), is also reviewing its sewerage charges.
Mr Roberts said the council would look at how it could reduce its overall costs by about £20 million over the 10-years, and could seek private funding for some of the work.
He added: “We are also taking a look at the way we deal with other issues that are also of concern to the environment, such as water pollution and noise, and we will be working with our partners to identify the best way forward.”
Mr Roberts confirmed the city had been approached by a number of businesses to help with the work, and added that there would be a formal process for the payments to come into effect.
Mr Edwards said: ”I’m very pleased that we are taking this seriously, and I look forward to working with the council on a plan to ensure this money is spent effectively.”