ADDITIONAL sewer replacement works will cause months of disruption for people living in the north of Leamington and in Cubbington this summer.
Severn Trent has this week announced plans to spend £850,000 to prevent flooding in Parklands Avenue and its surrounding area including Epsom Road, Meadow Close and Oakridge Road.
The worst period will start in late July, when a section of Cubbington Road will be shut for ten weeks, putting added strain on the already busy main roads coming in and out of north Leamington.
The work, which is separate to that which is taking place in Leamington town centre, will start on Tuesday and is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.
Severn Trent has said the work will be completed by its contractor NMCNomenca as quickly and as safely as possible but Cubbington parish councillor David Saul fears the closure will affect trade for shops and businesses on the Rugby Road and cause “chaos” on other roads connected to the village.
Cllr Saul said: “I don’t trust them, the chaos they caused in Leamington was diabolical and irrespective of their PR offensive, the general public didn’t fall for it and are very sceptical.
“It is work which needs to be done but I am sure the road will be closed for at least 12 weeks.
“I don’t know how they can justify that when we only see small groups of men working – it’s not good enough. It’s going to cut off trade, there is a school in the locality and it will put more pressure on Leicester Lane, which is in total chaos in the morning and evening.
“As a parish councillor I’ll be paying very close attention to them and if they are not working I will be jumping up and down.”
More details about the closure, including diversion routes, will be released nearer the time.
Phases 1 and 2 of Severn Trent’s sewerage replacement scheme in Leamington are now complete, but further major work is expected to take place in Old Town later this year.
Chris Keys, the company’s senior programme manager, said: “We understand that we are doing a lot of work in Leamington at the moment and we know roadworks can be disruptive, but all of this work is essential to make sure we can provide a quality sewerage service to customers in Leamington for many years to come.
“We appreciate our customers’ patience up to now and ask for their further understanding while we complete this work.”
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