Company works to keep construction clear of festival

WITH only days to go until the Hellingly Festival of Transport, South East Water has been working with organisers to make sure that construction taking place nearby will not impact on the event.

The water company is replacing 2.2km of water main along North Street, the A267 at Hellingly, to deliver a more secure, robust water supply to the village.

With the Festival of Transport being held at Broad Farm, just off the A267, South East Water’s engineers have been working with event organisers to ensure that access to the show site is maintained at all times and disruption is kept to a minimum.

The event is taking place over the coming Bank Holiday from August 27-29 and is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors.

James Smith, South East Water manager, said, “On Thursday August 25 we will be manually controlling our temporary traffic lights along the A267 because we expect a number of very slow moving vehicles to be making their way to Broad Farm for the Festival of Transport.

“Following that we will then remove the temporary traffic lights from the A267 over the Bank Holiday period to minimise disruption to motorists attending the event.”

David Bone, secretary to the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club and organiser of the Festival of Transport, said, “I am extremely grateful for how accommodating and understanding the water company has been during this period.

“Removing the traffic lights on the A267 over the Bank Holiday will reduce any congestion along the road making it easier for visitors to attend.”

South East Water began installing the new water main along North Street at the beginning of August and is working between the North Street/Cogger’s Lane junction and the Mount Pleasant Cottages.

Construction is expected to take approximately 16 weeks to complete.