Colden Common commuters and companies wrestle with water works

Drivers and businesses are being affected as Southern Water replace a major pipe that has burst nine times since 2009.

Main Road has been closed to non-residents since the start of the year with drivers being diverted via Eastleigh and Otterbourne.

Local businesses have reported loss of trade as the project continues.

Assistant Manager of The Queen’s Head, David Snaddon, said: “It’s tough through January so it’s not a great time of year for the pub trade.  And then with the road works it’s double trouble so we’re struggling.  We’ve lost about 40 per cent of trade throughout the month”.

In a statement Southern Water said: “We started talking to customers about the scheme in the spring of 2013. This work included drop-in sessions, face to face briefings, letter drops and media updates, and we have worked particularly closely with the parish council.”

Project Manager Peter Simmons said: “I know this scheme is causing disruption and I apologise to all those affected. Please be assured we want to complete the work as soon as possible, and are working as quickly and as safely as we can.”

The work, initially scheduled to be completed in April, is now due to be finished by the end of February.

Published February 5, 2014  on winol.co.uk

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