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By Stacy Lambourne

Customer Engagement session We would like to invite you to meet our project team on Monday 18th February 2019 between 4pm and 8pm at:   Hamstel Infant & Nursery School (front entrance) on Hamstel Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 4PQ.   Please come along to our session at a time that suits you to meet us and join us for a cuppa and cake. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the lead pipe replacement scheme including our free offer to replace your lead supply pipe.

By Jayne Hull

Hello and welcome to our first project update on the Southend lead replacement scheme! I’m Jayne Hull and I’m the lead pipe replacement coordinator for Essex and Suffolk Water. I and the rest of the team will be keeping you posted with project updates. We’d also love to hear back from you. Please use the comments below or the ‘contact’ page. This is a new scheme so any feedback you have is really important to us! Tomorrow, Wednesday 16th January and Thursday 17th January our samplers would like to take a water sample from some customer taps so you may spot us on the street or we may call at your door to request a water sample from your tap. Your patience during this time is very much appreciated. We’ll always present our identification to you if we knock at your door. Also, anyone that has been in touch with us to request an appointment to discuss their free lead pipe replacement will be contacted this week. Our contractor, Lowman, will be phoning everyone back to arrange an appointment date. If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to contact us to register your interest for your free lead replacement. Remember this offer is free for a limited time only! Please contact us on 01268 664118. Thank you for visiting our community portal Jayne

By Tim Wagstaff

Hi Everyone, I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who signed up and had a water saving visit this year. Your enthusiasm and positivity towards the project have meant it has been a real success! Water is a precious resource, and it is important that we reduce the amount of water we are wasting wherever possible. Your commitment to saving water and participating in this project has helped us do just that. You are now saving water, saving energy and helping us to reduce our impact on our outstanding natural environment. Together 2,779 of you took part saving over 1,380 bathtubs full of water a day. In total 20,249 water and energy saving products are now in homes across Barking including: 1,957 water saving shower heads, 970 water butts for the garden, and 1,376 tap aerators for kitchen and bathroom taps We also managed to repair 92 leaking toilets and 71 leaking taps for free saving customers the worry of getting it repaired themselves. I hope you all continue to think about the tips and hints provided at the visits to help you save water, energy and money. If you have friends and family who are interested in saving water please visit https://esw.watersavingkit.com/ where they will be able to order similar products for free to fit themselves. Thank you Tim

By Nicola Wigington

Hi and thanks for visiting our community portal for the River Chelmer Eel Regulations scheme.  My name is Nicola and I’m the Project Manager.  I’ll be providing updates on behalf of our project team throughout the life of the scheme so please remember to check back regularly to follow our progress. We’re planning to start works in January, commencing with the temporary bridge and access track between the River Chelmer and the Langford Treatment Works (to the north of the river).  This will enable us to access the site safely with large vehicles like the crane which will be used in the main installation later in the year. We’ll be putting in a temporary footpath diversion for the riverside path and this should be in place from late January/February.  This will separate our works from the public and will help to keep everyone safe.  When the details of the footpath diversion are finalised they’ll be made available on the ‘Traffic Information’ tab.  Please visit again later for more details. To find out more check out the various pages on this project site.  If you have any queries, have a look at our FAQs or contact us via the comments.  Merry Christmas to you all and look out for updates in the New Year!

By Sophie Saunders

We are planning to do the final mains connection on Thursday 29th November which will then be reinstated the following day. The crew on site have worked very hard and we are pleased to say that the scheme will be completed this week with the road closure coming down on Sunday 2nd December. 

By Sophie Saunders

This phase is progressing well,126 metres of 450mm pipe installed since Saturday 17th November, reinstatement is taking place today to where we have laid. Photo attached: One of the reinstatement crew, floor sawing the trench edge to make a neat edge ready for the hot rolled asphalt to bind against.

By Sophie Saunders

The team on site are still working extremely hard. Phase 4 finished at midday on Wednesday 14 November with the road closure coming off at midday. The phase 5 road closure has been set up from Beccles Road/Crab Lane junction to Mallard Way. Phase 4 total length of 450mm ductile iron pipe was 375 metres.

By Sophie Saunders

Since phase 4 started on Monday 29 October there has been approximately 200 metres of 450mm ductile pipe laid and as shown in the attached photos. The trench has been back filled ready for concreting later today, once cured the black hot rolled asphalt will be carried out for the permanent finish. Second photo shows the pipe within the barriers ready for installation when required.

By Sophie Saunders

Work was completed on time crossing the 5 way multi traffic light junction, the temporary traffic lights were taken down Saturday 27th October at 2pm. From Monday 29th October we have now progressed into the Phase 4 Beccles Road to Crab Lane road closure. The team on site this week have been erecting the fencing to enable to complete trial holes at various locations to determine the route of the new main. The carriageway will be planed today so excavation can start as soon as possible, photos attached of the road closure and the carriageway.

By Sophie Saunders

The blue cabin opposite the Sun Inn public house is being moved on Monday 29 October after helpful feedback from local residents.

By Sophie Saunders

We are currently working through the 5 way junction along Beccles Road, this is were Church Lane/Mill Lane and Long Lane all join onto Beccles Road within a space of 60 metres, through this section we are working under temporary multi way lights and pedestrian crossings. The crew have installed the new 450mm ductile main underneath the existing 8” steel gas main. The working area has also been kept to the bare minimum as to allow the traffic to flow freely. We are still on course to finish Phase 3 on Saturday 27th October.

By Dan Wilson

Work at site has now been completed and the new screen is functioning well to protect eels, the environment we work in and provide screened water to support our Abberton reservoir. As a reminder, this project was driven by our commitment to enhancing the biodiversity value of the rivers we abstract from and comply with the assocaited legislation, in this instance, the Eel Regulation (2009). Lets hope that this project contributes to an increase in the number of eel in the River Stour.   May we take this opportuninty to thank the residents of Brantham for their understanding and patience through the extended construction period.