Wessex Water emergency works
Published Friday, 15 December 2023

Last updated 09/02/24

Visitors will notice Wessex Water on site – they are carrying out essential repairs to a damaged sewer that runs across Upton Country Park.

What does the work involve?

Wessex Water have carried out extensive surveys and investigations and worked closely throughout the planning stage with Upton Country Park, ecologists, and their environment team to minimise disruption as much as possible.

They are working at the lower end of the park, using a modern technique of installing a liner within the existing pipework, and expect to complete the project by the end of April.

For work to be carried out safely, a footpath and cycle route have been closed with alternative routes provided. Some trees and shrubs have been removed, but these will be replaced at a ratio of two to one.

There could also be heavy machinery noise.

Do not enter the work zones and follow the safety signage on site.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Please note:

  • The Shoreline footpath, Shoreline woods and The Lookout (Bird Hide) are all currently inaccessible due to the works
  • The Boardwalk and Bird Screen further around Holes Bay by the Saltmarshes remain open for you to visit and enjoy
  • Works will also impact access to a couple of the Park orienteering course markers

If you have any questions or comments, you can contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 3 600.

Phased work explained

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A Wessex Water spokesperson said: “We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by this vital work on our sewer and thank everyone who enjoys the park for their understanding.

“Our repair team will be working extended hours on the project, which is expected to finish by the end of April.

“We’ve carried out extensive surveys and investigations and worked closely throughout the planning stage with Upton Country Park Estates, ecologists, and our environment team to minimise disruption as much as possible.

“We’ll be working at the lower end of the park, using a modern technique of installing a liner within the existing pipework. We’ve needed to remove some trees, but we’re committed to delivering improvements to the woodland area along with a two-for-one tree and shrub planting scheme once work is completed.”

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