Firm faces questions over sewage works
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
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