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Burst main: water supplies returning to East Sussex

Water supplies are returning to customers in East Sussex after a burst main overnight.

Technicians have been working throughout the day to restore the burst water main although some areas may still be affected.

Burst main: statement from South East Water

The burst water main Credit: South East Water

South East Water is working to repair a serious burst on a large water main in South Chailey which has caused supplies to be affected in Barcombe, Ditchling, Plumpton, Keymer, Hassocks and Chailey.

The burst occurred on one of our 15 inch diameter water mains late last night. Our specialist technicians have now managed to change the flow of water around our network of underground pipes and supplies should be returning to customers in Ditchling, Plumpton, Keymer, Hassocks and Chailey."

“Customers in the Barcombe area may still be without water, although some supplies have returned, and our staff and contractors are on site carrying out repairs to the damaged main in order to restore supplies. Due to the complexity of the burst main, we expect the repair to take around four hours to complete.”

“We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this emergency has caused, but hope our customers understand that we are taking all necessary steps to restore supplies as soon as possible.”

– Andrew Ball, Incident Manager, South East Water

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Burst main: bottled water at halls in affected areas

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South East Water is currently dealing with a burst water main affecting many areas in East Sussex.

Bottled water is available for those affected at the following locations:

  • Barcombe Village Hall, Barcombe Mills Road, BN8 5BH
  • Hassocks Parish Hall, BN6 8QH

Bottled water has also been delivered to vulnerable customers who have already registered with South East Water.

Thousands of homes left without water after burst main

The burst water main Credit: South East Water

Around 3,600 homes in East Sussex have been left without water after a burst water main last night.

Some schools in Plumpton and Ditchling have been forced to close, although some supplies are now being restored.

South East Water have been handing out hundreds of bottles of water in villages around Lewes while they carry out repairs.

The incident happened just before midnight.

Teenager drowns at Camber Sands

A teenager has drowned and two other men are in hospital after getting into difficulty in the sea over the weekend.

It happened at Camber Sands on the Kent/Sussex border yesterday afternoon.

The beach was crowded at the time, there were beach patrol officers on duty but no lifeguards.

A 19 year old man from Brazil, who was visiting family in Croydon was discovered in the water by a group of kite surfers . Charlotte Wilkins reports.

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Hastings Pier officially re-opens

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Aiming high for the Rio Olympics

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Their target is the Olympic games. Their aim to bring back gold medals for Team GB - and there is no better rehearsal for Rio, and no better place to prepare for Britain's shooting best than a World Cup Series event in Brazil.

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Council tax in East Sussex to rise by 3.99%

Councillors in East Sussex have voted to raise council tax by 3.99 per cent.

The increase, equivalent to 92p a week extra for a Band D property, includes a two per cent levy, the maximum authorised by the Government, to offset some of the savings the authority must make from adult social care services.

A full meeting of East Sussex County Council approved a budget which will see a £369 million net budget spent on services in the new financial year – including £228 million on adult social care and children’s services.

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Many authorities expect hikes of well over 3% - substantially more than last year's increase. But even with that rise more cuts seem unavoidable.

In East Sussex, the council needs make savings of almost £20 million. Council chiefs in Lewes say if not their deficit could reach £70 million in two year's time.

Funding for projects ranging from supporting isolated people in rural areas to refuges for women and children fleeing domestic violence look set to be hit.

Another of the groups facing funding cuts helps stroke survivors and their carers.

Andy Dickenson has our report. He speaks to Anne Harrington-Lowe and Judy Walker, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association.

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