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Improvements in the pipeline for Combe Martin

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A £180,000 scheme to improve Combe Martin's sewer network is starting early next year.

South West Water and its H5O partners are refurbishing 450 metres of sewer to improve the service to residents.

The scheme is part of a five-year £42 million investment in the sewer network across the region to renovate sewers identified as being at risk of collapse and to alleviate potential flooding problems. At Combe Martin we believe improving the sewerage network will also contribute to better bathing water quality.

Work starts on Monday 14 January 2013 and will take five weeks, finishing on Friday 15 February 2013.

Following discussions with Combe Martin Parish Council, local businesses and bus companies we have arranged to carry out some of the work overnight (7pm to 7am) to minimise disruption to residents and businesses.

Project manager Steve Cross said: "This is a real investment in Combe Martin's future. Without this necessary work the sewer network will continue to deteriorate. That can lead to collapses - which cause pollution, flooding and odour.

"We will be working hard to minimise disruption to the public and businesses as far as possible while completing these essential improvements. This includes working at night on King Street and High Street and using manholes to access the sewers instead of digging up the road to keep noise to a minimum."

Work on King Street and High Street will take place from 7pm to 7am from Monday 14 to Friday 18 January 2013 and Monday 21 to Friday 25 January 2013 (10 nights). All other work will take place during the day.

There will be an informal drop-in session for residents to ask any questions about the work at Combe Martin Community Centre on Monday 7 January from 4pm to 8pm.

More information can be found at www.southwestwater.co.uk/combemartin

Notes to editors

The following road will be closed and diversion routes in place where possible:

  • King Street and High Street: Monday 14 to Friday 18 January and Monday 21 to Friday 25 January 2013 (7pm to 7am only)
  • Chapel Lane: Monday 21 to Friday 25 January 2013
  • Shute Lane: Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 January 2013
  • Valley Lane: Tuesday 29 January 2013

These dates may change. Please check the website www.southwestwater.co.uk/combemartin for up-to-date information.

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Published: 27 December 2012

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