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Healing the Scars of River Len Sewer Collapse

November 23, 2014 8:17 PM

Local Lib Dem Councillors are working with Maidstone Council and contractor Clancy to ensure that no long-lasting damage results from the sewer collapse, blown manholes and subsequent sewage leak into the River Len Nature Reserve, Maidstone.

Following an intervention by Lib Dem Councillor Tony Harwood (Chair of the River Len nature reserve management committee), a superb new pond has been excavated by Clancy (pictured top) to replace that lost when a new ring-main was installed. This complements another new pond Tony has recently hand-dug in the western part of the nature reserve (pictured bottom). Much of the re-instatement work on site was carried out using hand tools rather than machinery - to prevent further damage to the soft marshy ground.

High Street Ward Councillor Fran Wilson who responded swiftly to calls from local residents regarding the original sewer collapse and was quickly on the scene alongside Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner Jasper Gerard stated: "My heart-felt thanks go out to Maidstone Council Parks Team and Southern Water's contractor Clancy for their timely and sensitive re-instatement work and to Tony for all his input."

However, Jasper Gerard added: "We still remain unhappy with Southern Water for allowing their pipework to become so blocked with silt, which must have been a contributory factor in the collapse, and with Maidstone Council planners for continuing to champion housing growth south of Maidstone when it is clear that existing infrastructure cannot support it."