As your village has suffered a number of water pipe bursts which have resulted in people having no water or low pressure, we are replacing more than 1.8 kilometres of old water main along Pond Farm Road, from the junction with Cryalls Lane, and Wises Lane, to the junction with Sutton Baron Road.

We are planning to start work on 14 January and for this project to take just over six months to complete, although we will work hard to finish the work sooner if possible.

To keep the public and our workforce safe, road closures will be used with the water main installed in sections, and each road reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. A fully signed diversion route will be in place during the road closure, which has been agreed with Kent Highways.

Residents will be able to access their homes at all times, though they may have to enter their road from a different direction depending on the location of our work.  Where we are laying pipe along Wises Lane, past the junction with Cryalls Lane, the junction will be open at all times except when we are laying directly across that junction or testing the new water main at the end of the project.

We're still shaping our plans so the information here is subject to change, but we'll update this web page as our plans progress so please check back here for updates or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Progress updates

Thursday 17 January 2019

Work started as planned on Monday, 14 January and access to Pond Farm Road is currently available from either end while we set up our working area.  From Friday, please enter the road from the School Lane end as we will be beginning the first phase of drilling to install the new water main.

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Following a meeting with Kent Highways on 15 October, and our attendance at the Borden Parish Council meeting on 18 October, we are pleased to announce that work will begin on 14 January and last for a little over six months. We'll be writing to residents again soon to confirm our plans.

Thursday 27 September 2018

Thank you to all the residents and local councillors who attended our public drop-in session on Tuesday, 25 September, to hear about our plans to replace these burst-prone water mains. 

Construction is due to start early next year and as soon as we have a confirmed date, we will provide updates to the local community. In the meantime, we'll be attending the Borden Parish Council meeting on Thursday 18 October to brief them on our plans.

Schedule of works for Borden water main replacement

Work schedule

Please note dates are subject to change

14 January 2019

Work begins at Pond Farm Road

21 March 2019

Most of Pond Farm Road reopens.

Road closure around the church starts.

2 May 2019

Village centre section reopens.

Wises Lane closure starts but will reopen for the Sittingbourne 10k race on Sunday 19 May.

Start of July 2019

Wises Lane reopens.

 

At the end of the project, we expect to take a couple of days to disconnect the old water main from our network.

After this, our work will be finished and all roads will be fully open.

Pond Farm Road diversion route

Wises Lane diversion route

Concerns over development by Quinn Estates

We are aware of concerns over proposals by Quinn Estates to build a new housing development near Borden village and would like to reassure residents that our work is not directly related to their proposals.

Our £520,000 scheme will replace a three-inch pipeline in Pond Farm Road and Wises Lane that has burst 25 times in the last five years, with a larger pipe which can withstand higher water pressures and deliver a more resilient drinking water supply for the future.

There have been a high number of customer contacts and complaints over bust pipes in Borden in recent years and the situation is now critical requiring replacement of the old water main.

As we do that it is logical to build in the capacity to expand the water supply if and when the community grows, laying new pipe to replace that which has burst and meet current and future demand for drinking water.

Once the job is done we will not have to return to increase capacity at a later date should planning permission for new homes be granted in the Borden area.

We have a legal obligation to provide drinking water as and when the demand arises and we are building a sensible contingency into our network to avoid any future need for duplicate engineering work at the same site. 

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