Torrington road closures for essential sewerage works


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South West Water will begin programme of works from January 21.

A £197,000 scheme to improve Torrington’s sewer network is starting on Monday.

South West Water and its H5O partners are refurbishing 355 metres of sewer to improve the service to residents and businesses.

The work will begin in Well Street with a road closure from Monday, January 21 until February 20 and diversions in place.

Last month the Gazette reported how Well Street chip shop owner Mike Reed feared lost trade for the second time in two months after a five week closure in October.

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Potacre Street will be closed after the Well Street works are completed, from Monday, February 18 to Friday, March 1 and it will be the turn of Castle Street from March 1-8.

South West Water said it had hoped to carry out the bulk of the work using ‘no-dig’ techniques but said the condition of the sewers had deteriorated to such an extent that some needed to be completely replaced and this would involve digging down to the pipes.

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During a five year programme SWW plans to spend £42 million on the region’s sewer network to renovate those at risk of collapse and to alleviate potential flooding.

Project manager Stephen Cross said without the necessary work the sewer network would continue to deteriorate: “That can lead to collapses – which cause pollution, flooding and odour.

“We will be working hard to minimise disruption to the public and businesses as far as possible while completing these essential improvements.”

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