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Water firm opened road and saved our wedding
A HARVINGTON couple have thanked an unlikely wedding day ally who helped them get to their ceremony on time.
Paul and Rachel Brighton, of Orchard Place, Harvington, had been worrying about the extra time it would take to get to the venue for their wedding on Saturday, September 14, after Severn Trent closed several roads as part of major sewerage works.
But after Mr Brighton called the company they offered to open Leys Road for a few hours to ease the stress of the big day and ensure there were no late arrivals.
The 51-year-old said: “Originally we were under the impression access would be granted through the roadworks for the duration but that was not the case.
“I gave them a call and explained about the wedding and they said they would try to do something. The foreman then called me and said, ‘What time do you need it opened?’ “The problem was the length of the diversion. To get to Salford Hall where we got married it went from seven minutes each way to 25 minutes each way. It definitely eased the stress levels.
It was a wonderful day and everything went to plan.”
The work being carried out by Severn Trent is part of a project, worth almost £1 million, to install huge new sewers and a storm tank.
Criticism has been levelled at the company for the amount of time it has taken to complete the project.
However, Chris Kelsey, programme manager, said the major works were vital.
“As part of the flood alleviation programme we are building just over half a kilometre of large sewers. At the bottom of the village we are building a storm water tank,” he said.
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