AN EXHIBITION displaying plans to revamp the water network around Finchampstead drew significant crowds last week.

South East Water held the drop-in session at Finchampstead Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 1.

Over 80 residents attended the public event to discuss the water company’s upcoming project, which will see more than three kilometres of pipe laid between Finchampstead Road and the junction of Nine Mile Ride and Park Lane.

Jeremy Dufour, project manager of the plans, said: “I’m really pleased to see how well attended the drop-in session was.

“It’s important for us to be able to engage with the local community and I’m glad we were able to speak to so many people about the project.”

The 12-month scheme will begin in July and will involve a series of road closures.

Once the project is complete the new pipeline will enable the water company to continue to supply drinking water into the growing community.

South East Water will also take the opportunity to replace a burst-prone water main in Nine Mile Ride, which has come to the end of its working life.

Jeremy added: “We know road closures can be inconvenient but they are essential in order to protect motorists and the public from our working area as well as ensuring the safety of our contractors.

“The road closures will be split into small phases in order to minimise impact on residents and we’ll keep in constant communication with our customers.”

Finchampstead Road will be closed for six weeks from July 24 while it is anticipated that Nine Mile Ride will be closed for approximately 10 months from early September.

South East Water is investing more than £1 million into the project, for more information about the plans visit: