Anglian Water to begin preparations ahead of Lowestoft’s new flood defence installation
15 June 2020
Anglian Water engineers will begin trial hole investigations in Lowestoft from 23 June, to help with the installation of East Suffolk Council’s new flood defence scheme to protect the town.
Trial holes will be dug in three locations across Lowestoft to help the water company confirm which water or sewage pipes need to be moved or diverted in order to allow the multimillion-pound flood protection scheme to continue.
Anglian Water staff, who are classed as key workers, have continued essential work like this throughout lockdown, ensuring they adhere to the government’s social distancing guidance.
Rebecca Shaw, Anglian Water’s Project Manager, said: “We’re pleased to be able to support East Suffolk Council in their on-going flood defence project in Lowestoft. This is a vital National Infrastructure project, and we’re working with the Council and other partners to ensure it’s completed on time.
“It’s important to invest and protect our region for the future, and our work in the area is essential to ensure that our services are not interrupted by the Council’s work, and equally that the town can be protected from the future threat of flooding. Our frontline staff will be working hard to ensure things return to normal as quickly as possible.“
The company’s dedicated team of operational experts will be carrying out investigations in three locations from 23 June through to the 20 July. To ensure the safety of both staff and local road users, traffic management will be in place on Hamilton Road, Waveney Road and Station Square.
Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Coastal Management, said: “We are grateful for the support that Anglian Water continue to provide to this important flood protection project. These investigations, along with others, are an important step forward as we move towards our first phase of construction later this year.”
Anglian Water has assured its teams will be following Public Health England advice on social distancing while at work and will be limiting direct contact with customers unless it’s an emergency.