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Warning of 'strange odour' in Ronkswood as weeks of sewage pipe works begin

Rob George 19th May, 2022

RONKSWOOD residents have been warned of 11 weeks of disruption and the possibility of a ‘strange odour’ around the city estate as a £1million sewer upgrade kicks off

Severn Trent chiefs made the warning ahead of the seven-figure scheme kicking off on Monday (May 23) to upgrade the estate’s sewer pipes between now and October.

Numerous roads will be closed at various stages during the works and although dates have not yet been confirmed, Durham Road is expected to be the first to be affected.

Norwich Road then Lichfield Avenue will then be hit with closures also pencilled in for Wells Road, Canterbury Road, Carslile Road, Linksview Crescent, Ripsson Road and Durham Road.

Work could affect the outside of Ronkswood Community Centre at a date to be confirmed in September with Severn Trent insisting the work would provide customers with reliability for years to come.

To keep Severn Trent engineers and other road users safe, appropriate traffic management will be in place throughout the duration of the project. Road closures will be in place when teams are working in a particular area, with short diversions in place using nearby roads.

Timothy Ip from Severn Trent, said: “Every so often, we need to carry out essential upgrade works on our sewer network and we with the aim of reducing the number of flooding incidents.

“This is why we are investing a significant amount of money in Ronkswood to make sure local residents don’t experience this in the future.

“If the team are working near your property, access to your driveway may be restricted temporarily.

“We kindly ask that you park your vehicle outside the working area so the team can carry out the work quickly and safely.

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by this and we’ll be doing everything we can to minimise any disruption during this essential work.”

Because the work will involve either digging down and replacing old sections of pipework or using a technique to re-line the inside of the existing pipes, there is a possibility the estate could be plagued by smells.

“Relining can be achieved by parking a vehicle over a manhole whilst the machinery applies the new lining material,” a spokesman said.

“During the relining process, there is a small chance that you may experience a strange odour coming from your drain at home.

“This is nothing to worry about and will clear soon after lining work is complete.”

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