Press release that was sent out and the correspondbing newspaper article
After a 20 year wait, Southern Water working local Councillor Jane Martin & MP Daiman Collins, has reassured residents in Bromley Green that a resolution to their sewer problems is on the horizon.
At a public meeting in the village on June 26, the company’s representatives said it work was due to start later this year to replace the system of vacuum pods with a new, more reliable one, at a cost to Southern of almost £1Million.
The company plans to start work in the autumn by replacing the series of large underground pods, which collect and hold wastewater before it is pumped away for treatment.
The existing system is severely affected in wet winters when groundwater enters the vacuum pods, causing them to overtop. Southern Water is currently trialling a new type of pod which is more resilient. Their installation will be followed by sealing of the sewer network in the new year to reduce the risk of the problems happening again.
The meeting was called by Ashford Borough Councillor Jane Martin who said: “residents have been fighting for a solution for more than 20 years. I am delighted that together with our MP, KCC and ABC officers, we have been able to work effectively with Southern and find a solution that residents deserve and can be confident in.”
Andrew Adams, Southern Water’s Network Infrastructure Manager, said: “We have earmarked £1 million to help resolve the flooding issues in Bromley Green.
“We plan to replace the vacuum pods in the autumn and intend to have them installed by Christmas.
“Then, in the new year, we will find and fix points of groundwater infiltration in the sewers where water is getting into the pipes and causing the current vacuum system to flood.
“We are grateful to the residents for their patience while we have worked on this and to Cllr Martin for her help in co-ordinating the meetings with residents.”