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Newton Poppleford water main replacement completed ahead of schedule

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A major £500,000 South West Water project to replace over a kilometre of ageing water main in Newton Poppleford has been completed ahead of schedule.

Starting on 5October, the programme was originally planned to take 19 weeks before it was reduced to 11 following consultation with local authorities. South West Water has now completed the essential work in just 10 weeks.

Project manager James Howourth said: "The existing three inch main had reached the end of its useful life and was prone to frequent bursts which inconvenienced residents and businesses. Replacing the main will substantially minimise the risk of bursts for decades to come and greatly improve the reliability of our service to Newton Poppleford.

"We are delighted the work has been completed in such an efficient fashion. This was made possible by close collaboration with Devon County Council, Newton Poppleford Parish Council and Stagecoach. The cooperation of local businesses and residents has also been magnificent. We have been made to feel very welcome."

Due to the narrowness of the road through the village a diversion was set up to exclude HGVs for the duration of the work. Local buses and traffic were diverted for three weeks in October.

Sidmouth Town Councillor Ian Barlow, who is proprietor of Sidmouth Garden Centre, said: "I would like to convey my sincere thanks for the way South West Water has dealt with the traffic in Newton Poppleford. You've listened to the community's concerns and have been seen to have acted on those concerns and enabled a major works with the least disruption possible - well done."

South West Water completed all permanent works and removed traffic control measures from Newton Poppleford on the evening of Tuesday 10 December. The company will present 25kg of daffodil bulbs to Parish Councillor David Atkins as a token of thanks for the cooperation of residents and businesses.

Published: 12 December 2013 

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