Residents tap into detail of water main upgrades near Whitstable

28 November 2016

People living in the Yorkletts and Dargate area between Whitstable and Faversham in Kent attended a drop-in session arranged by South East Water to hear about plans to upgrade two major water mains in their area.

Project engineers and contractors were on hand at the Dove Inn, Dargate, on Wednesday 23 November to explain how and when the two improvement schemes will be taking effect and to answer questions from residents who expressed concerns about access to their properties and the maintenance of local bus services while roadworks are in place next year.

Work to lay 400 metres of new water main is scheduled to start at Wraik Hill near Whitstable on 3 January and last for approximately 14 weeks. Wraik Hill will be closed to allow construction to proceed and a diversion route will be put in place for the duration of the project which is necessary to maintain water pressure to the Whitstable area.

On 13 February a separate scheme to replace more than two kilometres of water main will get underway at Ford Walk and Coombe Walk near Dargate in order to overcome the problem of regular burst pipes in the locality. This work will take approximately a year to complete and will involve, from around the middle of April, the closure of Highstreet Road on the Dargate side of Thanet Way and Dargate Road where the major work will be taking place.

Stephen Bundock, Project Manager for South East Water, said: “These two important projects represent a £900,000 investment in order to secure future supplies of top quality drinking water to homes and businesses in the area.

“I would like to thank all those who attended the drop-in session. It was good to speak to members of the community and explain the need to lay the new pipe there.

“We were able to assure residents that access to their properties will be maintained at all times and to let them know we are speaking to the local bus companies about the maintenance of bus services via Dargate Road throughout the forthcoming road closure.”

Regular updates on the schemes will be available at