Fair Oak faces 30 weeks of traffic disruption

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Unlucky residents in Fair Oak face eight months of motoring misery commencing March 13.

Southern Water will be building a 1km sewer to connect the new housing development at Crowd Hill to the sewage network

The sewer will start in Sandy Lane – which has already been marked out for the diggers – at approximately 250m north of the junction with Fair Oak Road it will then continue in sections working toward Hardings Lane.

The roads will remain open with temporary traffic lights in place, which will be manually-operated during peak times.

In an email to local residents, Southern Water said:

“To minimise disruption, we’re aiming to use specialist tunnelling technology  where possible, which means we won’t need to dig trenches.

“This is an essential scheme to ensure a new development can connect to our sewer network. We’re really sorry for any inconvenience and we’ll do all we can to keep impact to a minimum.”

County Councillor for Fair Oak, Martin Lyon called the disruption “disgraceful”.

Speaking for the Ukip group on Hampshire County Council Cllr Lyon told Eastleigh News:

“We are dismayed at the failure by Eastleigh Borough Council, Bloor Homes and Southern Water to correctly plan, design and install  the new drainage from Crowd Hill and its impact on the wider network.

“Consequently we now face weeks of travel stress, traffic chaos and air pollution followed by years of costly road repairs in Fair Oak funded by us, the taxpayer.

“It is disgraceful. What about a water bill and council tax rebate as compensation due to the incompetence of others?”