Sidmouth to benefit from �42million sewer scheme

But South West Water work means road closures

DETERIORATING parts of Sidmouth’s sewer system - that could collapse or pose a flooding risk - will be refurbished as part of a �42million bid by South West Water (SWW) to boost residents and businesses.

But three weeks of work from November 7 to 25 will see road closures and restrictions, including in High Street and several residential areas

Bedford Square will be shut from Monday, November 7, to Tuesday, November 8. Coburg Road will then be closed from Thursday, November 10, to Friday, November 11.

High Street will be shut from Monday, November 14, to Wednesday, November 16, and Peaslands Road will be closed from Monday, November 21, to Tuesday, November 22. Brewery Lane will follow suit from Wednesday, November 23, to Thursday, November 24.

Temporary traffic lights will also be used in Radway on Wednesday, November 16.

SWW says the scheme is part of a five-year, �42million investment in its network across the region to renovate public sewers which have been identified as being at risk of collapse and to alleviate potential flooding problems.

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“We will ensure that pedestrian access to residents’ properties is maintained at all times,” said a spokesperson.

“When we can, and it is safe to do so, we will provide vehicle access ,although some temporary restrictions may be needed.

“Some parking restrictions may be necessary around the working areas. These will be clearly marked with bollards before work begins.”

All emergency services have been informed of the work and will be given access to roads if needed.

There will be no restrictions on waste water drainage during the work, according to SWW.

Residents may notice the smell of an organic compound called styrene – which has an odour similar to car body filler – during lining works.

“This is in no way harmful at the levels used,” said the spokesperson.

SWW carried out modelling and camera surveys at the spots in question.

“Without investment, sewers will continue to deteriorate and this could lead to collapses,” added the spokesperson.

“The consequences include pollution, flooding and odour, as well as disruption to traffic and commerce.”

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