Firm faces ques­tions over sewage works

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­

PE­TI­TION sig­na­tures are be­ing col­lected in the next stage of a res­i­dents’ bat­tle against the im­pact they fear sewage sys­tem works will have on their area.

The move fol­lows a pub­lic meet­ing, at­tended by 30 neigh­bours, who closely ques­tioned South­ern Wa­ter and its con­trac­tor over the planned works at Willes­bor­ough.

Pro­tester Keith Hayward said: “We have al­ready col­lected 50 let­ters, which we will send to South­ern Wa­ter.

“The next stage is to raise pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures.”

The 90-minute meet­ing, at Willes­bor­ough Bap­tist Church last Wed­nes­day, was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of both the wa­ter com­pany and the con­trac­tors, 4 De­liv­ery.

It was called by Cllr Brian Nor­ris (Lib Dem) who said af­ter­wards: “The au­di­ence had sev­eral ques­tions as to what sort of dis­rup­tion would be caused.

“There is par­tic­u­lar con­cern over an open space on the old youth club site at Bent­ley Road, which will be­come a con­trac­tors’ site.”

Res­i­dents are wor­ried about noise, safety, park­ing, lorry move­ments and in­creased traf­fic.

The works, which will start in Jan­uary, are for a new sewage sys­tem for Ash­ford, with im­prove­ments par­tic­u­larly needed for de­vel­op­ments to the south east of the town.

Mr Hayward, of Bent­ley Road, said: “The ba­sic con­cern is noise and dis­rup­tion and as a night worker for the Chan­nel Tun­nel Rail Link I am wor­ried about whether I will be able to sleep dur­ing the day.”

The meet­ing was chaired by the Rev Alan Din­nie, and panel mem­bers an­swer­ing ques­tions were Gary Sayer of South­ern Wa­ter, and Ross Ted­man, Richard Mor­ris and Roger Boor­man of 4 De­liv­ery.

South­ern Wa­ter says that the multi-mil­lion pound scheme is needed to sup­port fu­ture de­vel­op­ments in the Cheese­man’s Green and Water­brook Park ar­eas of Ash­ford.

The project is due to be com­pleted by sum­mer 2010 and the com­pany says it will try to min­imise dis­rup­tion.

It says it will work with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the com­mu­nity to en­sure that construction traf­fic does not worsen con­ges­tion on lo­cal roads.

Res­i­dents ques­tion the panel about the im­pact of the sewage works

Pic­ture: Paul Amos pd1514375

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