Village motorists warned of delays

PUBLISHED: 09:33 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 21:47 31 May 2010

VILLAGE motorists are being warned to expect delays on a narrow road when water works are carried out this summer. More than two-and-a-half kilometres of water pipes are being replaced on Brick Kiln Lane between Quendon and Rickling. Because of the narro

VILLAGE motorists are being warned to expect delays on a narrow road when water works are carried out this summer.

More than two-and-a-half kilometres of water pipes are being replaced on Brick Kiln Lane between Quendon and Rickling.

"Because of the narrowness of the lane there have been some concerns about how the work will affect commuters, farmers and residents," said Chairman of Quendon and Rickling Parish Council Ray Bedborough.

"We have had assurances from the water company that the work will be structured so that it happens before and after the harvest so that large machinery can get through.

"Also they have promised to speak to the local school and deliver leaflets to all of the households so that people are aware of the increase to their journey times."

The work being carried out by Three Valleys Water is an investment of more than £500,000 and will ensure the supply of tap water to the community.

The new pipes being installed are made of durable plastic which is more flexible than traditional metal water pipes and means they will last longer and are unlikely to burst or leak.

"The work is absolutely necessary," said Cllr Bedborough. "Every year we suffer about two or three bust water pipes which leaves homes without water for days."

The company has worked with Essex County Council and the parish council to develop a plan of work that will keep traffic chaos to a minimum.

Project manager Kevin Butcher said: "I would like to thank people in advance for their cooperation. We do understand that work of this nature does cause disruption but the end result will enable us to continue to deliver fresh tap water to our customers for many years to come."

The work, which is being carried out by contractor Enterprise Plc, starts on Monday June 1 and will continue until mid August.

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