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MORE SEWER WORKS IN POINT
CLEAR ROAD



Residents living in Point Clear will have been well aware of problems in the area with flooding of the sewers following heavy rain, which affected properties at different times along most of Point Clear Road. The Parish Council have received complaints over many years and have involved the District Council, the County Council, the Environment Agency and Anglian Water, each of whom played a part within their own area of responsibility, but ultimately it has been a problem with the actual sewers themselves, which over time have corroded and collapsed in places, requiring major repair work by Anglian Water.

In June of 2009 (click to view) there was a collapse at number 150 and the sewer was replaced under seven front gardens. This work is more or less completed but the restoration of the front gardens of the properties concerned is still continuing at the time of writing this eleven months later.

This latest work in Point Clear Road began just before Christmas. The first the Council knew of another problem was a phone call on 2nd December, from Audrey Brown of No.238 saying
that she and her neighbours were being flooded with water coming from the sewer and into their gardens and houses.  This had followed very heavy and sustained rain over the previous few days. This was reported to Anglian Water who within a day had ‘Tankers’ on site sucking sewage out of the pipes, into their tanks and removing it elsewhere. Two of these were parked at the top of Dumont Avenue.
Within a day or two the road between numbers 220 and 234 was being roped off with barriers and traffic light signals installed (above) to facilitate a one way flow of traffic past the section in question.
These major works necessitated the closure of Dumont Avenue where it joins Point Clear Road. It was closed before Christmas and remains closed today.

Nothing in life is perfect, but I do think that Anglian Water is to be congratulated on their speed of response to the original report of this particular problem, even if the work seems to have dragged on a bit! 








I contacted Anglian Water Senior Technician who had kindly provided me with some detailed information about the previous work. He replied as follows:

Dear Mr Talbot
Thank you for your e-mail.
The major work referred to opposite Dumont Avenue is the result of a hole appearing in the footpath across a driveway that was caused by the sewer collapsing at this point.

The cause of this collapse as in the other cases is corrosion of the concrete pipe caused by hydrogen sulphide gas present in the sewage.  The total length of this section (approximately 90 metres between manhole chambers) needs replacing.
We have also had a collapse on the sewer in the field off Dumont Avenue, which has resulted in major works.
The minor works referred to was the rebuilding of a collapsed manhole.
A scheme to rehabilitate (re-lining) the rest of the sewerage system in Point Clear Road including the section from the junction with Dumont Avenue running south into the fields to the rear of the playground, has recently commenced.  There will be increased activity in the area of 'Insituform' owned plant (tankers etc) that is working on behalf of Anglian Water. 
Subject to being able to work safely around Clarets work, Insituform envisage completion of the lining works by the end of March.  This is also subject to minimal civil engineering works and the silt removal work on the siphon system.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us again.
Yours sincerely,
Gary Standley Sewer Technician.

15th March 2010.



A short time after the above works began, the same traffic light controlled road works were begun outside No. 293 (above) where the grassed area in front of the property was to be dug up.  This work, described by Gary Standley above as the minor works, was of a much
smaller scale and was to replace a collapsed manhole. This work was finished on 19 February, leaving behind a freshly prepared patch for the grass to re-grow (below) (below).




It is my understanding that once all the various road works are completed it is intended to resurface the whole of Point Clear Road. This will probably be done in sections, but to date no timetable for this is available. When we have more information we will publicise it on these web pages.


(The first Official Road Closure Notice) 

 

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(2)

 

Temporary Closure of Dumont Avenue, St Osyth

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from the date specified below, the Essex County Council has temporarily closed to all traffic under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, Dumont Avenue, St Osyth from its junction with Point Clear Road south for a distance of 50 metres. The closure will start on 11 December 2009 and is required because of the likelihood of danger to the public caused by a collapsed sewer. Works to repair the sewer are expected to last approximately 16 weeks.

 

An alternative route is available via Beacon Way and Point Clear Road and vice versa.

 

Access to property will be maintained during the closure.

 

This notice is valid for 21 days and further notice is given of the Council’s intention to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Act to continue the closure until the works have been completed.

 

 

AREA HIGHWAY MANAGER

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION

EAST AREA

910 THE CRESCENT

COLCHESTER

ESSEX CO4 9QQ

 

TEL: 01206 838600

11/5/10.
M.J.T.


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