Works are currently ongoing to replace a large section of public sewer underneath a country path in East Sussex.

The works, which began in November, have seen delays due to the heavy snow that fell at the end of last year and unfortunate emergency repair work that had to be carried out on a rising main. Over 700 metres of drainage pipe has already been replaced, and Southern Water hopes the job will be complete before Easter.

The country path in Polegate, which is popularly known in the area as the cuckoo trail, was closed to the public in November when the works started. The drainage pipe had been prone to leaks due to its age and had to be replaced due to the likelihood that further leaks would occur.

Southern Water’s project manager on the drain replacement project, Keith Jeffery, stated:

“The replacement of these 1,500 metres of sewer along the Cuckoo Trail is just an initial phase of a multi-million scheme to replace the entire 5.2km length of sewer at this location. This work is currently in the design stage, and Southern Water will be updating the public on the progress of the project”.

A local drain maintenance contractor is carrying out the works for Southern Water.

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