M54 to M6 Link Road

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M54 to M6 Link Road

Received 17 April 2020
From CT Planning on behalf of South Staffordshire Water Plc

Representation

The proposed M54-M6 Link Road will conflict with one of South Staffordshire Water’s 24-inch potable water mains which is crossed by the proposed new link road. It is respectfully submitted that no consideration has been given, in the design of the proposed M54-M6 link, to the impact on the existing infrastructure. The proposed M54-M6 link would require South Staffordshire Water to divert a 24-inch potable water main. This would put at risk the supply of water to 4,700 properties within the Penkridge area and those committed within Development Plans. This could mean that Penkridge could be without water should South Staffordshire Water lose the water main; there is no substantial back feed currently available to support the village. Any loss of the main could also result in South Staffordshire Water taking Slade Heath borehole station out of supply. This would mean that 3.3 million litres per day would be lost and as a consequence pressure would be placed on Hednesford Reservoir and other feeds to the area. This may result in difficulties in maintaining supply during a summer period especially with committed housing coming forward through Development Plans in the area. It is the position of South Staffordshire Water that they cannot isolate the main to undertake the connections required to divert this asset without incurring a considerable cost and delay. South Staffordshire Water would have to undertake the diversion work in a way that allows existing and committed levels of service to be maintained using specialist construction techniques. However, these techniques are not risk free. Whilst South Staffordshire Water can attempt to mitigate these risks with suitable designs, there is still a chance that they would be unsuccessful, and the scenario listed above could still occur. There is no option that can be delivered where there is no risk to the maintenance of supply and levels of service to the 4,700 existing customers in the Penkridge area as well as those additional customers resulting from Development Plan commitments. Until a satisfactory design solution has been achieved for maintaining water supplies to the Penkridge area, South Staffordshire Water will object to the proposed M54-M6 link.