Work to unblock Ilfracombe sewers starts this week

Work to unblock Ilfracombe's sewers begins on Tuesday, April 22. Work to unblock Ilfracombe's sewers begins on Tuesday, April 22.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
8:43 AM

South West Water will be carrying out work at numerous areas in the town during the next two months.

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WORK to unblock sewers in Ilfracombe begins on Tuesday and will continue over the next two months.

South West Water contractors Clear-flow will be working their way across the town sucking up a build-up of fat, food waste and other debris to ensure the sewage flows freely.

There will be no road closures but temporary traffic lights will be in place while work is carried out.

Streets affected include Combe Park, Church Road, Bradwell Road, Torrs Park, Langleigh Road, Wilder Road, Bath Place, The Quay and surrounding area, Ropery Road, Fore Street, High Street, St Brannock’s Road, Princess Avenue and surrounding area, Cambridge Grove, Coronation Terrace, Crofts Lea Park, Castle Hill and Portland Street.

Storm storage tanks at Victoria Gardens and Oxford Grove car park will be cleaned and the sewage pumping station at Cheyne Beach Car Park will be cleaned and serviced.

Pedestrian access to properties and businesses will be maintained at all times during the works, with temporary footways installed where needed.

“As well as fat and food waste, we expect to encounter lots of debris washed into the sewers during the extremely wet weather earlier this year. Removing this build-up will increase the capacity of the sewers and prevent blockages,” said Richard Gilpin, head of waste water services at South West Water.

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