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Public view bid to close coast road
RESIDENTS and traders turned out in force for a public exhibition about plans to close the B3157 coast road for three months.
The plans are part of a Wessex Water scheme to replace old and burst water mains along the Weymouth to Bridport coast road.
This is a particular problem in Abbotsbury where there have been around 30 bursts in 15 years.
The exhibition, hosted by Wessex Water at Strangways Village Hall, aimed to provide more information to residents about the closure and how this will affect residents, traders and bus users.
Repair work is scheduled to start on January 6 next year and take 12 weeks.
The road through the village will be closed to all through traffic while the work is done and vehicles and heavy lorries will be diverted 42 miles around via the A35.
The water company told residents they would try its best to complete the works as quickly as possible.
Wessex Water’s design engineer Alan Marler said residents would still have access to their properties and businesses will be able to remain open as usual.
He added: “We wanted to give residents and traders the opportunity to raise any outstanding concerns and issues with the repair work.
“The roads through Abbotsbury are narrow and to carry out the work the B3157 along Rodden Row, Market Street and West Street will be closed to through traffic.
“We are committed to completing the work in a way that keeps disruption to a minimum.”
The water supply will be affected at times during the period but all customers will be notified 48 hours in advance with Wessex Water providing bottled water.
Signs will be in place stating the road will be closed to through traffic but also that businesses will be open as usual.
Mr Marler said: “We are working with the local press to advertise local services and help encourage people to continue to support traders.”
A shuttle bus will provide a connection between the centre of the village, or wherever work is being carried out, to the two bus pick-up points.
The points will be located at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Abbotsbury village car park.
This will also be used by the bus companies so that people using the bus will stop on one side of the village, catch the shuttle bus past the works and then catch an onward bus.
Residents will also be able to contact the on-site work team via a landline who will respond if there are any problems.
Residents Rod and Sandy Coverly, who live on Bishops Close, attended the exhibition.
Mrs Coverly said: “The work has got to be done it is a major problem here.
“We were really concerned before but the exhibition answered a lot of our questions.”
Helen Chapman, proprietor of the Old School House Tearooms, said: “The work needs to be done and we all know that.
“We just have to get on with it and hope when it is all over it will be fixed.”
She added: “I'm more concerned that it will affect trade for February half-term if it is not completed quickly.”
Henry Ford, chairman of Abbotsbury parish of the Chesil Bank Parish Council, said: “The work is necessary so we all need to pull together to get it done.
“Wessex Water is doing everything they can to make it easier for residents and businesses.”
Kevin Donnelly, who lives on West Street in Abbotsbury, said: “Everything that can be done to prepare for the closure and the works has been done.
“It is just something that has got to be done, the businesses will open as usual.”
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