POLEGATE: MP visits water main work site

Norman Baker visited the site to see progress
Norman Baker visited the site to see progress

POLEGATE’S MP Norman Baker has overseen the final stages of a £750,000 water main scheme to secure tap water supplies and protect homes from flooding caused by bursts.

Mr Baker visited Wannock Road, Polegate, to see the last sections of a new, 24-inch diameter iron pipe being laid by South East Water.

The water company is laying the pipe up to the A22 crossroads, having started installing the 900-metre-long water main from the junction of Old Mill Lane.

Mr Baker said, “I was pleased to take a look at the work that is taking place on Wannock Road, and is near completion.

On many occasions local residents have had to put up with disruption as a result of burst water pipes and the work South East Water has undertaken should resolve this matter once and for all. I certainly welcome that.”

The existing water main has burst 14 times in 10 years, causing interruptions to customers’ water supplies across north Eastbourne, Polegate, Stone Cross, Westham and Pevensey.

David Brend, delivery manager at South East Water, said, “This is a large water main which will transfer significant volumes of water every day from our water sources on the South Downs, into the Polegate and Eastbourne area.

“To do that, it needs to be installed at considerable depth under the road.

“That in itself has presented some additional challenges as we’ve encountered difficult ground conditions.

“While that has meant we’ve not been able to progress as fast as we had initially hoped, we remain on target to finish the scheme and re-open the road by the end of March. I would like to thank all those customers who’ve been directly affected for their patience and co-operation throughout our work.”