More water works set for rural village

Herstmonceux traffic.'Carol Barden and Caroline Davenport-Thomas
Herstmonceux traffic.'Carol Barden and Caroline Davenport-Thomas

The final stage of work to connect residents in Herstmonceux up to a new water main will take place during the school summer holidays.

Installation of the new 530-metre-long pipeline in Gardner Street, Herstmonceux, took place earlier this year.

James Smith, delivery manager for South East Water, said, “Our workforce will be back in the village on July 29 to complete this essential scheme.

“The new pipeline will mean an end to disruptive bursts and a more secure water supply to the village now and in the future. “The work will take place away from the shopping area so customers can continue parking outside the shops should they need to stop off.”

To ensure motorists can continue using the road, construction will take place using temporary traffic lights with the work anticipated to complete by Friday August 30.

Work to install the new pipeline began on January 3 2013, but difficult ground conditions and a high number of utilities within the road hampered progress.

James said, “I am sorry that work to complete the installation of this pipeline has overrun, but by completing this work during the school summer holiday disruption to both residents and motorists should be limited.

“I would like to thank the local community, businesses and motorists for their continued patience and reassure them that we are working to complete this project as quickly as possible.”

South East Water’s £127,000 investment in Herstmonceux is part of the company’s £390 million programme of investment between 2010 and 2015 which will, says the water company, ensure that clean, safe water continues to be delivered to its customers.

• People wishing to keep up to date with the work can visit www.southeastwater.co.uk/herstmonceux