Residents kick up a stink over sewer works

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Residents in Chapel-en-le-Frith are up in arms over plans to close a busy road in the town for up to six months for sewer installation works.

Part of Long Lane is scheduled to be closed from June 16 to December 15 for the work, causing major disruption for local residents who say they were not informed of the works by the developer.

During the work, Long Lane will be closed from the junction with Cromwell Avenue to a point 145 metres south east of its junction with Longmeade Drive. Alternative routes will be in place and Derbyshire County Council say access will be maintained wherever reasonably possible on the affected length of road.

The sewer works are for a new housing development by Seddon Homes on a site on Long Lane.

Roger Smith, of Little Hollins, Chapel-en-le-Frith, said (see Postbag, page 6): “It would appear that rather than sacrifice land for development, misery can be extracted from hundreds of users of Long Lane to build a new sewer down the middle of the road.”

Residents packed into a meeting of Chapel Parish Council on Tuesday night to express their concerns, which included: the lack of communication from the developer, what guarantees are in place for access to properties, businesses and the railway station, proposals for emergency access, what length of the road will be closed at any one time and a proposal to route surface water into the watercourse could cause flooding problems downstream.

The parish council said it had agreed to fully support residents to ensure a satisfactory solution to the issue, but that ultimately it had no powers.

A spokesperson from Seddon said: “We fully understand that these works will be of great concern to local residents. Throughout the planning process we worked incredibly hard to develop proposals that avoided closing Long Lane for any period of time – but unfortunately none of these alternatives proved viable.

“We are currently holding discussions with relevant authorities and our partners about alternative methods for carrying out the required works to ensure disruption is kept to an absolute minimum. This will include any viable options to avoid the closure of Long Lane or reduce the amount of time the works will take.

“It is expected that works will be completed and the road re-opened well in advance of the dates in our road closure application. We remain fully committed to working with the local community and will be keeping residents updated about these plans over the coming weeks.”