Fury over burst water main
VILLAGERS in Chedgrave are calling for repair work to be carried out a month after a water main burst, which they say is becoming a safety hazard.Over the past few weeks neighbours have watched water bubbling up from below the tarmac, causing two potholes to develop at the side of Hardley Road, one of the main routes through Chedgrave.
VILLAGERS in Chedgrave are calling for repair work to be carried out a month after a water main burst, which they say is becoming a safety hazard.
Over the past few weeks neighbours have watched water bubbling up from below the tarmac, causing two potholes to develop at the side of Hardley Road, one of the main routes through Chedgrave. The water pours off into a nearby drain.
Resident Sue Edwards, who said the potholes has stopped cars from being able to pass each other on the narrow road, said she had reported the matter to Anglian Water four times.
“It's disgusting,” she said. “It started off as a trickling and it's gradually got bigger. It's obviously wearing the road down which is collapsing.
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“When I reported it they said there were no traffic lights available in the county so they wouldn't be able to make any detour round it but that it would be dealt with.
“I dread to think how much water is being wasted because it's running out all the time - it sounds like a river.”
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Her neighbour Tom Buckley, 82, said workers from the council's highways department turned up 10 days ago to mend the road but left when they realised the repairs to the water mains had not been done.
“It's getting a bit silly now,” he said. “The pipe has burst without any doubt and the water has lifted the tarmac.
“At night it would be dangerous to drive along here because there's only an unlit sign.”
A spokesman from Anglian Water said the repairs are scheduled to be done by Monday.
“We have to prioritise. When it's a smaller leak that's not potentially going to cause any disruption to customer water supply, it's pushed down the pile a bit and those that are more serious are given priority,” he said.