Village will be ‘open for business’ during water main work

Lindfield High Street. Pic Steve Robards
Lindfield High Street. Pic Steve Robards

Shop and business owners in Lindfield have said they will be ‘open for business as usual’ when South East Water engineers return to the village on April 24 to complete the installation of a water main.

The upper end of High Street, Lindfield, will be closed to through traffic for a month.

Closure of the B2028 at the top end of High Street outside Lindfield Place will enable the completion of outstanding work to connect and test a new large diameter drinking water main that was laid three years ago but is not yet operational.

Two way traffic lights will be also be installed at Buxshalls Hill north of the village to enable two final sections of new water main to be laid near the River Ouse crossing and in nearby Park Lane.

Once High Street is re-opened on May 20, it will be subject to two way traffic light control between all Saints Church and Church House for a further fortnight to enable final water connections to be made.

Local residents were made aware in early 2014 that work to complete the new water main was being put on hold until new road closure dates had been agreed with West Sussex Highways.

This was due to the original project failing to complete on time because of unforeseen technical difficulties including excavating through solid rock and the number of utility pipes and cables encountered within the road.

Chris Love, South East Water Delivery Manager, said: “We need to close the road again because the carriageway is too narrow to enable our construction work and through traffic.

“A diversion route will be signposted and local bus companies will advise passengers of their own diversion routes.

“Access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout the programme and our contractors will work closely with residents to minimise inconvenience.

“We naturally regret the disruption this work will cause but we hope local people will appreciate the need for this important project which will guarantee the supply of top quality drinking water to Lindfield and the surrounding area for the future.”

Lindfield residents have been invited to a drop-in session about a scheme to complete the connection of a new £1m water main in the village.

A team of engineers from South East Water and their contractors, Clancy Docwra, will be on hand to answer any questions at the drop-in session taking place at King Edward Hall, in High Street, Lindfield, from 6.45pm to 8.15 pm on Tuesday, March 21.

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