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Road Works

Water Main Replacement Works - Ulcombe Hill

Ulcombe Hill Works:  August 2022 – January 2023

Last week representatives of Ulcombe Parish Council met with South East Water, their contractors Clancy, our Kent County Councillor Shellina Prendergast and Kent County Council Highways department to discuss the upcoming works to the water main on Ulcombe Hill and explore possible mitigations to the disruption to Ulcombe residents.

Nature of the Work

  • The water main replacement is necessary infrastructure work as the existing water main is at the end of its life. The new water main will improve water supply to Ulcombe and reduce leakage
  • The works are planned to start on Monday 15th August and continue until January 2023. The work will take place six days a week from 8am to 6pm each day
  • Ulcombe Hill will be closed to through traffic throughout the duration of the work. The work will take place in three phases, and therefore will enable access to the properties on Ulcombe Hill, from one direction throughout. 
  • All phases of the work will involve “open trench” works close to the centre of Ulcombe Hill and therefore for the safety of both motorists and workers it is not possible to have traffic passing the works, Ulcombe Hill is simply not wide enough to accommodate this safely.
  • No resident will be “trapped” in the village or their home at any point during the work. Contractors are required to provide access to and from properties, from one direction, at all points during the works

Road Diversions

  • The official diversion will be from Wents Garage, Lenham Road/Chartway, the A274 to Headcorn and Headcorn Road to Ulcombe and vice versa. Full details can be found on South East Water’s website: https://www.southeastwater.co.uk/about/updates/improving-your-water-network/water-main-replacement-in-ulcombe
  • No traffic will be directed to Windmill Hill, Knowle Hill, Chegworth Road, or Broomfield Road and additional signage will be placed on these roads indicating that they are not suitable for HGVs
  • The Parish Council suggested the possibility of making Windmill Hill and Knowle Hill “one way” for the duration of the works but this will unfortunately not be possible

Buses

  • A temporary timetable for the No.59 bus has been published and is available on the Parish Council website: https://www.ulcombeparishcouncil.co.uk/shared/attachments.asp?f=0c3a6e57%2Dd445%2D4ae8%2D9c9c%2D8e4e1f6120e0%2Epdf&o=TEMPTT%2D59%2DPDF%2Epdf
  • We are still awaiting details on temporary timetables for the three school buses. We have been told that this information will hopefully be available from 19th August. In the meantime, we would suggest that parents start to make arrangements for potentially having to take their children to or from Kingswood Village Hall or other points to be confirmed. Obviously this is not an ideal solution, the Parish Council are continuing to work with Kent County Council to explore alternatives but these may not be possible

Impact on Ulcombe Businesses

  • Businesses directly impacted by the works will be directly contacted to discuss their needs and businesses can contact the Project Manager directly. If businesses do not have the relevant contact details please contact the Parish Council 
  • For businesses that are impacted financially there is a process available to apply for compensation

Supply Interruption and other works

  • Old supply pipes will function until the new pipes are ready to be connected. Any water supply interruption will be kept to a minimum and planned disruption will be scheduled for low usage times or overnight

The Parish Council will maintain contact with the Project Manager for the works throughout. Please feel free to contact the Parish Council. You can also contact Kent County Council Highways Helpline on 03000 418181.

9 August 2022