More Disruption at Newton Poppleford Planned!

10 Aug

As if the poor village of Newton Poppleford wasn’t beleaguered enough, a local correspondent has just sent this warning:


It’s been announced at recent Newton Poppleford & Harpford Parish Council meetings that soon after the Newton Pop Carnival, the Water Board will totally close the A3052 for 3 1/2 weeks so that they can replace the water mains in Newton Poppleford, no cars, no lorries, no buses. This will then be followed by (undefined) traffic restrictions for a further 4 months.

It’s not clear where the diversions will be, Honiton and Ottery St Mary were mentioned. There was recognition that locals will take to the back lanes so Back Lane and Dotton Lane may become one-way, but nevertheless the back lanes are likely to become traffic jams and deter all but essential drivers which will adversely affect local business.

The Water Board seem to be keeping rather quiet about this. Although this will have a major impact on residents and businesses in the whole area, they have sent very few letters to advise residents of the date for public consultation which is on 21st August, between 4pm and 7pm in Newton Poppleford Village Hall.

The Water Board have given a Help Line number of 0800 169 1144


5 Responses to “More Disruption at Newton Poppleford Planned!”

  1. Waterbaby August 10, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    About time the water main was repaired – it causes hardship for many residents as it constantly leaks and delivers low pressure. Well done SWW for tackling it. A little bit of frustration for a few weeks will soon be forgotten.

  2. Medusa August 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Once again, my cynicism rules. It seems to me that many things are being upscaled at Newton Pop all at the same time and I cannot help but think there is a masterplan in the background – possibly covering a decade or more – where Clinton Devon sees pound signs and is already laying the groundwork – literally. The fact that there’s mounting evidence of a big PR campaign, combined with opposition-slagging and muting, only intensifies my worries.

    • sidmouthsid August 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      The closures are from October and will severely impact upon tourism and Xmas shopping in Sidmouth.
      The job is to replace 1000 metres of pipe, and it is expected to take at least 19 weeks. This is only 50 metres per week!

      A joke currently circulating says any Newton Pop granny with a spoon could do the job quicker….

      So can we assume that they will do exactly what Wales and West Utilities did with the gas pipes, put three men on the job, rather than three teams, which would make the process three times quicker – closing the road for 1 week, and single file it for 6 weeks, not 19?.

  3. poppleford pete August 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    I agree with ‘waterbaby’, this water mains update is long overdue- yes us poor residents of Newton Pop will have to put up with some disruption but hopefully we will benefit long term by not having the current all too frequent burst mains all along the high st.

  4. Shan Merritt August 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Waterbaby and Poppleford Pete are right – the water main replacement at Newton Pop is long overdue. We have lived in this parish for 17 years and every year (or it feels like it) the water main bursts causing havoc in the area. The extended time scheduled for the work is because the supply pipes to houses will also be replaced – as clearly stated at the parish council meeting.

    I sympathetise with local businesses who feel they may be adversely affected, but this just means that local people must provide more support to these businesses.

    The disruption will divert traffic past my door so we will bear our share of the problems of the centre of the village. If not donw now – when should this work take place?

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