For too long parts of Faversham have been blighted by flooding.
Over the past 12 months I’ve been working with Southern Water, Kent County Council, and local councillors to fix problems with our wastewater network.
Having secured £2 million for the wastewater treatment works in Faversham last year, I’ve convened a series of meetings to improve drainage across the town. The most recent meeting took place on Friday 22 July.
While there is still work to do – including reducing surface water run-off from Faversham Rec – a lot has been achieved already.
Manhole covers have been replaced on Whitstable Road, Tanner Street, and Church Road – preventing water from drainage channels leaking out.
Annual maintenance checks will be carried out across the wastewater network in the town to prevent problems building up.
Southern Water are having weekly meetings to discuss the situation in Faversham and are working closely with Kent County Council to get problems fixed.
There is also work underway to digitalise the wastewater network with over 20,000 monitors being fitted across Southern Water’s network. Faversham is getting its share of these devices which will allow engineers to spot problems quickly.
I’ll continue to do everything I can to improve our wastewater network and tackle flood problems once and for all.