Following extensive consultations over the past eight months to identify the appropriate route for a major new trunk water main in Sevenoaks, South East Water is set to announce the preferred plan on 12 September.
The company is planning to install the new trunk main to meet growing demand, supplementing the existing 12-inch pipe laid in Sevenoaks’ High Street in the 1950s. Work is due to start in April 2020.
Increased demand for water, fuelled by population growth, means that the present pipe is operating at maximum capacity and needs to be supported by a second pipe.
Without this, parts of Sevenoaks will experience low pressure or no water at all during peak summer demand within the next 10 years.
Paul Beaumont, Project Manager at South East Water, said: “During our public consultation which we started in December, we spoke to hundreds of Sevenoaks residents, businesses and members of local interest groups about the need for this new pipe and the proposed route options.
“We also have carried out a series of ground investigation surveys on all the routes we put forward to provide the technical information needed to identify the most suitable route.
“The final decision was based on a range of factors including the impact on the environment, engineering difficulty and socio-economic effect along with cost implications and work duration.
“We look forward to welcoming as many local people as possible to this information meeting. For more details running up to the event visit our dedicated webpage.”
The drop-in session will take place from 4pm to 7pm at St Nicholas’ Church Undercroft, Rectory Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 1JA.
We look forward to welcoming as many local people as possible to this information meeting.
The drop-in session will take place from 4pm to 7pm at St Nicholas’ Church Undercroft, Rectory Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 1JA