More details of a project to reduce the risk of flooding for homes in Tiptree will be on show at a community meeting next Thursday, May 23rd.

Rain pouring off roads and rooftops during heavy storms can overwhelm drains in the Park Drive and Newbridge Road area, leaving homes and gardens at risk of flooding.  

A £250,000 Anglian Water scheme to install a new sewer began last month, to increase the amount of water that can be safely carried away.  

The team working on the scheme, due to be completed by late June, will be available to answer questions about the work during a public meeting between 4pm and 7pm at the Tiptree Community Centre on Thursday, May 23rd.  

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “Flooding can be very distressing and we’re determined to do what we can to reduce the risk to homes across our region.  

“Homes in this part of Tiptree have experienced problems with flooding in the past and this scheme, to install almost half a kilometre of new sewer, should help make these problems a thing of the past.”  

Work has been running for almost a month in fields near to Grove Road and Newbridge Road, but from Wednesday 5th June a section of Newbridge Road, at the junction with Grove Road, will be closed to traffic for around three weeks as the work moves into the roadway.  

Access to homes will be maintained throughout the work and a diversion along Clears Road, Smythes Green, B1022, Colchester Road, Maypole Road, Church Road and back onto Newbridge Road will be clearly signposted.  

Antony continued: “We know work of this nature is going to cause some disruption and inconvenience which is why we wanted to let people know what work we’re doing and why.  

“If customers would like to know more about the project or have any questions about how they might be affected our project team will be happy to answer any questions at the community meeting.”