Amport Village

Southern Water’s Operations in Amport Pt.6

(last updated 12 November 2021)

This sixth update describes plans, progress and issues since 17 October, when the last brief was posted.

SW’s surveys and repair work continues, as the groundwater season approaches. SW completed the repairs to the main at Little Ann Bridge, disrupting traffic on roads in the Parish for two days. The Record of the Pan Parish Forum (PPF) has been completed and the actions list updated and both circulated. We had the first substantive discussion on the development of the Infiltration Reduction Plan (IRP – the regulatory framework for SW’s Ops in the Fyfield water catchment area). The PPF’s representative briefed Kit Malthouse, our local MP, on PPF progress.

We have seen reasonable progress against agreed actions:

  • By 29 Oct 21, SW had surveyed over 6000m of over 7500m of public sewers and have repaired (lined) of over 1200m of nearly 2000m. The target date for lining completion is end-Dec 21 (delayed from Oct 21), to significantly reduce inundation entering SW’s network. Further repair activity is determined by the surveys.
  • The second phase repairs to the leak at Little Ann Bridge impacted our roads for two days in mid-November and is now completed. We identified further valuable lessons that have been fed back to SW; we will follow up.
  • The discussion with SW and the EA on the second draft Fyfield IRP was a vibrant discussion and highlighted that the PPF may be the only forum where all of these agencies get together. We shaped the further changes we wanted to the IRP and agreed to separate out plans for capital works from the IRP.
  • SW provided the first draft of the capital works plans recently; we will continue to work with SW to get adequate visibility of the temporary and capital works scope and timeframes.
  • SW circulated their first newsletter (letter drop) to their customers in early November. They have also recently consulted the PPF on a web link, to be used to update residents and PCs on a regular basis with groundwater updates. Joanna Ferguson (PPF lead on communications) is leading the review.
  • The record of the PPF on Sep 21 was agreed recently. The associated action list was updated in a call with SW on 1 Nov 21. Both are on the Parish website for information.
  • Hampshire County Council Highways (key to resolving surface water inundation of SW’s system from the carriageway) have agreed to attend the PPF and to discuss other traffic management issues across the Parish.

We continue to work with SW to get better visibility of their plans:

  • We expect improvement in SW’s plans for temporary and capital works. There’s still much practical work to do to take tankers off the road (and elsewhere across the seven parishes most affected by SW’s works) and avoid traffic lights in East Cholderton.
  • We expect shortly improved consultation ahead of temporary works, tankering and (in extremis) over-pumping; SW’s new Network Manager has not yet been in contact.

The principal outstanding issue is SW’s proposals for sealing laterals of private properties, a necessary addition to reducing inundation of public pipes, is still not fully articulated. SW has no responsibility or rights or powers to access private drainage – a critical part of the enabling activity will be to get an agreement with the owners of the properties.

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