Businesses face weeks of disruption during water pipe work in Melton’s Sherrard Street

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Businesses and shoppers on Melton’s Sherrard Street face weeks of disruption from Monday (January 12) when Severn Trent Water starts to lay new water pipes.

The company is investing almost £60,000 to replace the existing pipes on the street which it says have grown old, making them prone to bursts.

The work - to lay 250 metres of new pipes - is expected to go on until the end of March.

Severn Trent Water programme manager John Springett said: “We’ve planned this work carefully to help minimise disruption. We’ve already been in touch with local residents and businesses in the area so they know what we’re doing and how to get in touch if they need our help.

“For the safety of road users and our workers we’ll be using traffic lights on Sherrard Street and we’ll need to close Market Place for a short while. We expect all of the new pipes will be in use before the end of March and businesses will be open as usual throughout, so we’d like to ask local people to continue to visit as normal.

“We appreciate that this is a busy area and if businesses feel they’re being affected by our work we’d encourage them to have a chat with us. Together with our contract partner, Laing O’Rourke, we’ll be happy to help with any questions or listen to suggestions during the week, from 8am to 5pm, on (01332) 288047.

“We’ll not be working for here for too long, but the benefits will be felt for years and years to come.”