Rotherfield Carnival is set to go without a hitch on 22 September after South East Water agreed to alter its schedule for a major pipe-laying scheme to keep local roads open for access.

The project plan has been changed to accommodate local traffic and large numbers of visiting motorists attending the event.

As a result, the B2101 Mayfield Road, where work to install a section of new water main has involved a rolling road closure, will re-open on Wednesday 19 September and the closure of the adjoining High Cross Road will be delayed until 24 September after the carnival.

Matthew Cooper, Project Manager at South East Water, said: “Working hand in hand with the communities we serve is vital to our business.

“We’re upgrading more than three kilometres of water pipes to reduce the risk of future bursts, as well as installing more than seven kilometres of new water main to improve the capacity of our network in the Rotherfield, Mayfield, Five Ashes, and Crowborough areas.”

It is the second time in recent months that the company has acted to accommodate local community events. In June, work on another part of the £3 million scheme was suspended to enable a major junior football tournament to go ahead in Crowborough.

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