ENGINEERS from Thames Water have returned to Henley Market Place to repair an underground sewer pipe.
They arrived on Tuesday and cordoned off a large area with protective barriers between The Square restaurant and the phone booth.
The one-way street running along Market Place will remain closed during the work, which is expected to end on January 23rd. A diversion has been set up.
A Thames Water spokesman apologized to drivers and residents
In June, the company discovered a blockage under the plaza that caused Blanchards Law’s basement to flood with 3 feet of raw sewage twice in six weeks.
A tanker truck was stationed at the square to help manage the waste stream while repairs were carried out further up Bell Street.
Now the engineers are back to repair the square pipe.
Thames Water has been criticized for disruption by town clerk Sheridan Jacklin-Edward.
He wrote to the company requesting that more attention be paid to communities affected by the work and asking why there had been so much work this year.
He said: “These road closures have resulted in increased congestion, pollution and disruption to local businesses, residents and pedestrians.”
“The council wants to know what measures are in place to inform communities about repairs and whether there are plans to improve these in the future.”
Thames Water apologized and said its aim was to carry out repair and emergency work as safely and quickly as possible whilst minimizing disruption.
It said: “We work hard to maintain high standards and regret when this is not the case.” To better inform our customers, we have launched a new interactive online map showing people who are in their area See ongoing work, including details of traffic and current roadworks.
“We are committed to improving our network for our customers. Over the next two years we will invest around £1.12 billion to upgrade various sites.”