Major sewerage works in West Pinchbeck costing £10million to cause disruption for villagers
West Pinchbeck villagers face months of disruption due to sewerage works that are part of a £10million scheme.
Diversion are in place along Dozens Bank, Money Bridge Lane, Six House Bank and Small Drove Lane while Anglian Water engineers work to connect homes and businesses in the village to a mains sewerage network "for the first time".
An Anglian Water spokesman confirmed that the work is due for completion "by the end of 2019" but until then, drivers and pedestrians will face diversions away from Northgate, one of the roads linking West Pinchbeck and Pinchbeck.
Jim Peach, chairman of West Pinchbeck Village Hall, said: "The sewerage works are causing a lot of disruption in the village, with some people having to make a five-mile detour.
"We understand the work has to be done but while they are doing it, it's a headache for some people."
Coun Richard Dobbs, chairman of Pinchbeck Parish Council, said: "The problem is that Anglian Water is having to shut off part of the main road through West Pinchbeck until they complete the work, making it tricky for people to get to school, church and the village hall.
"People can go the long way round but it does cause them some disruption."
The Anglian Water spokesman said: "The roadworks in West Pinchbeck are part of a £10million major investment scheme to connect properties in the village to a mains sewerage network for the first time.
"This is a really positive project for local residents who will soon be able to connect to mains sewerage, meaning they will no longer need to use septic tanks to dispose of their sewage.
"We have been in touch with residents, local businesses and the school throughout the planning of this scheme to let them know what we are planning to do and why, as well as letting them know what to expect while work is under way.
"We continue to have regular contact with the local community and the full scheme will be completed by the end of 2019.
"The current diversion route is via Northgate and Glenside South where we expect to complete our work in early April.
"Following this, work will begin on Northgate, with further closures over the next nine months.
"All road closures and diversion routes have been created in liaison with the local Highways Authority and Anglian Water plasn work carefully to minimise any disruption for customers and local road users.
"However, we know a project of this scale may cause some disturbance and we apologise for this.
"This scheme is part of our investment to improve services for our customers and we hope people will understand the longer term benefits the work will bring."
Coun Elizabeth Sneath, Lincolnshire County Council member for West Pinchbeck, said: "Anglian Water is working hard to minimise the effects on residents and the weather has been kind so they are on schedule at the moment.
"On a massive scheme like this there is bound to be disruption, but the benefits to those who choose to go on the main drainage will mean less blockages and flooding in the future."