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West Norfolk villagers angered by car damage and lorries after burst water main

A burst water main has caused traffic to be diverted through a West Norfolk village this week, causing further frustration for those living nearby.

West Norfolk councillor Alex Kemp and residents have voiced concerns regarding diverted vehicles being damaged in Clenchwarton as a result of the repairs on Mill Lane.

The councillor, who represents the South and West Lynn ward, said a resident’s car was damaged driving over the heave in Mill Lane (pictured below) due to the diversion in place, and she subsequently called on Highways to assist.

A diversion has been in place at Clenchwarton due to a burst water main in the village. Picture: SUBMITTED
A diversion has been in place at Clenchwarton due to a burst water main in the village. Picture: SUBMITTED

Ms Kemp said: “There is a diversion on Mill Lane which is too narrow. Residents have contacted me saying what is happening and the damage needs to be quantified.

“I have asked Highways to put up a sign to warn motorists of the risk of damaging their cars if they drive to the end of Mill Lane.

“At our meeting recently with Anglian Water and Highways, Anglian Water supported the recycling and resurfacing of Clockcase Lane, and to the permanent change to 30mph, as well as fitting speed tracking to make sure vehicles keep to it. This is not enough.”

Engineers had a meeting on site with Ms Kemp this morning to discuss the issues raised by the councillor.

A number of heavy goods lorries have been passing through the village with resident Jennifer Brown saying the lane is too small for Anglian Water works.

Mrs Brown, who lives on the Mill Lane farm and is in her eighties, said: "This has gone on for years. We bought this place in 1965 and from 1990 onwards we have had trouble with Anglian Water.

"You can hear all the traffic early in the morning and you can feel the house shaking from the lorries. I am sick and tired of this lane being used by Anglian Water and I have written to the MP about it."

Paul Garrard, who lives on Clockcase Lane, said: “As a result of this road closure, all Anglian Water traffic has had to use Bailey Lane and Mill Lane to access the site.

“This has caused considerable damage to the road at these locations and is yet another example of how inappropriate the use of these country lanes is for such constant heavy traffic.”

A spokesman for Anglian Water said the job to repair the leak had been completed by Wednesday afternoon, and stated all the traffic management had been removed.

A county council spokesperson, said: “We met with Anglian Water who completed repairs to the burst water main earlier today (Thursday) and Clockcase Lane has now reopened.

"Anglian Water will be carrying out repairs to Mill Lane to rectify damage to its surface caused by traffic using that route while repairs to the burst water main were being completed.”

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