Five week road diversion for essential water work at Chestfield
13 June 2017

A busy road linking Whitstable and Canterbury will be blocked at Chestfield for five weeks this summer when South East Water carries out a project to replace an old and unreliable water main.

A diversion will be in force when work starts on the £59,000 scheme to lay a 50 metre section of new pipe in Chestfield Road on Monday 24 July, with the project expected to take until the end of August to complete.

Work will take place from near the South Street junction north along Chestfield Road terminating in the verge on the eastern side of the carriageway.

South East Water has been working closely with Kent County Council on the plans and it has been agreed that a temporary road closure due to the narrow carriageway will provide a safe environment for the public and contractors. 

The diversion route via South Street and Thanet Way will be in place for the duration of the work and a route map is available to view by visiting the company’s website at

Although there will be no access for through traffic access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times.

The project, forming part of the company’s £424 million investment programme between 2015 and 2020, will allow customers in Chestfield and the surrounding area to enjoy a more reliable supply of top quality drinking water in future.

Jeremy Dufour, Project Manager at South East Water, said: “The safety of the public and our workforce is our top priority when carrying out work which is why the road needs to be closed.

“I would like to apologise for the disruption this work will cause but hope the local community understand the long term benefits this scheme will deliver.”