Public meeting to discuss Swaffham water main bursts

Baroness Shephard chaired the public meeting at Swaffham Town Hall ANL-150519-200302009
Baroness Shephard chaired the public meeting at Swaffham Town Hall ANL-150519-200302009
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Community leaders have called for urgent action to tackle long-running problems with burst water mains in Swaffham.

Anglian Water bosses pledged to look into the issue, which critics claim has been affecting for many years, during a public meeting in May.

And the company will outline its plans to deal with the problems during a public meeting to be held in the town hall this afternoon.

All residents are welcome to attend the discussions, which will start at 4pm.

But town officials say residents have been affected by two more main bursts, in Beachamwell Road and London Street respectively, since the initial talks took place.

And, ahead of the meeting, former MP Baroness Shephard, who will chair the talks, said: “Any town the size of Swaffham needs a reliable water supply.

“It is unacceptable that this matter has been allowed to drag on for a decade or more.

“The number of incidents is far too many and whilst we are grateful for Anglian Water’s attention to this matter, we will be looking for some answers now and a timescale of when action can be expected.”

Town clerk Richard Bishop added: “Swaffham is a growing town and needs its basic infrastructure in place for residents and businesses.”

Officials also say a further meeting to discuss issues relating to surface water drainage is expected to take place this autumn.