Work on a scheme to replace an old unreliable water main, approximately 1.1 kilometres in length, will take place along Stonehurst Lane and Skippers Hill between the A267 and Stockyards Farm.

Construction is planned to start on 19 July 2019 and the project is expected to take approximately 14 weeks to complete. However, our contractor’s staff will work hard to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.

We are going to use a combination of underground directional drilling and open cut techniques to install this pipe. Directional drilling involves excavating a series of pits where the new pipe will run and drilling the new pipe underground. This will help minimise the amount of excavation works required.

As a safety precaution for pedestrians, motorists and our contractor we will need to close both Stonehurst Lane and Skippers Hill to through traffic only. The closures will be independent of each other as we’re aware that Skippers Hill is used as a one-way system for Skippers Hill Manor school. Work here will be undertaken in the summer holiday period to avoid any impacts with school traffic. A diversion route, which has been agreed in conjunction with the East Sussex County Council Highways department, will be clearly signed for the duration of the work. We will also have multiway traffic lights on the A267 at the Skippers Hill junction, to allow us to safely connect our new main the existing network.

Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times, though access to driveways may be delayed if we are working outside a property entrance.

Work will take place during normal working hours, although there may be some activities at weekends.

There may be a short interruption to the water supply as we connect our new pipe to the existing network but we will give customers at least 48 hours’ notice if this is going to happen.

Our contractor is Clancy Docwra and if you have any concerns during the work staff on site will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you would like to speak to South East Water direct please call our Customer Technical Centre on 0333 000 1100.

Scheme updates

Update 11 September, 2019

Very good progress has been made over the past four weeks. All of the new pipeline has been laid with services transferred and we are now in the process of reinstating parts of the road surface. We hope to conclude our work on this scheme ahead of schedule.

Update 13 August, 2019

Work is progressing well with this scheme. The road closure has started and 400m will be drilled this week. We would like to thank customers and motorists for their patience and understanding while we carry out this work.


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