Village remains open during water works

Roadworks in Herstmonceux (near Gardner Street) January 11th 2013 E03019P
Roadworks in Herstmonceux (near Gardner Street) January 11th 2013 E03019P

Traders in Herstmonceux say the village is very much open for business as South East Water continues its work to install a new £127,000 water main in Gardner Street.

Temporary traffic lights have been installed along Gardner Street to ensure motorists can still pass safely through the village while the important work is carried out.

Caroline Davenport-Thomas, who owns Davenport’s Delicatessen, said, “Although vehicles are currently unable to park outside the shopping area, alternative parking has been provided in the Sundial Restaurant for the start of this work so customers can still visit the local shops as they drive through.

“All the shops in Herstmonceux are still open as normal and in fact, because this temporary parking is in a car park, it makes it easy to quickly stop off and pop in while passing through.”

James Smith from South East Water said, “While it is essential this work is carried out we are keen to ensure there it has as little impact on the local community as possible which is why we have installed temporary traffic lights. I would like to thank the local community and businesses as well as motorists for their continued patience while this work is carried out and reassure them that we are working to complete this project as quickly as possible.”

The scheme to renew 530 metres of water main in Gard-ner Street is expected to take until the end of April to complete.