A frustrated Alfriston resident says her home has been left severely damaged by water leaks outside the property and others in the same street are suffering – but little is being done to solve the issue.
Dr June Goodfield, who is the owner of the Manor House a Grade II listed building in the village’s High Street, said her home and a number of other properties have been affected by leaks and floods in the High Street over the last three years. The 86-year-old says there has been three leaks outside her own home since February 1 and despite a series of repairs being carried residents are concerned the problem will re-occur.
She has fired off an angry letter to South East Water (SEW) saying its attitude to the problem was a ‘disgrace’ and the company’s dealing with the regular water leaks had been ‘totally inadequate’. In her letter she added, ‘The traffic through the village has increased hugely over the decades: some 4,000 vehicles go through every day and these have been accurately counted. Yet although leaks and floods have occurred with painful regularity, your company has so far resisted all pleas to put in an infrastructure suitable for the demands of the 21st century’.
An SEW spokesperson said it had plans to upgrade the existing pipelines and communications pipes within The High Street and North Street.
Distribution manager Martin Davis, added, “Finding and fixing leaks is very important to us and we would like to apologise to our customers in Alfriston for any inconvenience caused while we carried out these necessary repairs.”
“To ensure the safety of the public, motorists and our contractors when repair work is underway, barriers are placed around the working area to guide motorists and pedestrians around safely.
“We work hard to ensure that any repairs are carried out to a high standard to prevent future leaks on that section of pipeline.”