Nayland Drainage Improvement Scheme

This scheme will be taking place along Mill Street, Bear Street, Birch Street and Gravel Hill/Stoke Road, Nayland.

This is to alleviate the ongoing highway and property flooding in the area. The scheme is programmed to commence on Monday 4 April 2022 and will continue until Wednesday 20 July 2022. (Monday – Friday, except Bank Holidays).

Read the below tabs for further information. 

  • Phase 1: 4 April – 11 May 2022 – Work will take place off the highway and no traffic management will be required.
  • Phase 2: 12 May – 9 June 2022 – Mill Street closed to traffic

           Diversion - B1087, A134, C756 Horkesley Road, Court Street, High Street and vice versa.

  • Phase 3: 27 June to 18 July 2022 – Birch Street

  • Phase 4: 13 July to 20 July 2022 – Gravel Hill

   Diversion - Gravel Hill, B1068, B1087 and vice versa

To assist with the Gravel Hill closure, it will be necessary for temporary traffic signals to be in operation on Birch Street between 13 and 20 July 2022. On street parking will be partially restricted during this time and we would appreciate it if any vehicles can be relocated.

Please see the tab below for the latest updates on the works. 

Please be advised that the dates listed above are approximate and if we need to make major changes to our work dates, we will update the webpage and information signs on site.

Phase plan (278KB) 

Street map plan (234KB) 

Diversion route map (205KB) 

The teams on site are continuing to make good progress with the drainage improvement scheme, and we hope that this should be the final update before the works are completed.

As we expected, the works in Birch Street have been completed ahead of schedule so therefore, we can progress on to the fourth and final phase on Gravel Hill.

Phase 4 – 13 July to 20 July 2022 – Gravel Hill

To assist with the Gravel Hill closure, it will be necessary for temporary traffic signals to be in operation on Birch Street between 13 and 20 July 2022. On street parking will be partially restricted during this time and we would appreciate it if any vehicles can be relocated.

We are very pleased with the progress that has been made throughout the works, enabling us to vacate the site sooner than expected, reducing the time impacting Nayland’s residents

Following some very good progress with the drainage improvement scheme, we are writing to inform that the scheme is now programmed to complete two weeks ahead of the original programme.

The works in Bear Street have been completed sooner than expected, enabling the works on Birch Street to start 1 week earlier. We are also confident that the works within Birch Street will take 3 weeks, not the originally anticipated 4.

Revised road closure dates:

Phase 3 – 27 June to18 July 2022 – Birch Street

Phase 4 – 18 July to 22 July 2022 – Gravel Hill

To assist with the Gravel Hill closure, it will be necessary for temporary traffic signals to be in operation on Birch Street between 18 and 22 July 2022. On street parking will be partially restricted during this time and we would appreciate it if any vehicles can be relocated.

You may have noticed the works on Stoke Road, with two-way traffic signals being in operation. These works are being carried out concurrently to avoid prolonging the time we are occupying Nayland. They will be completed by close of play on Friday 1 July 2022.

Due to a delay on site caused by difficulties with underground services, the first phase has been extended by one week, as included in the revised dates below.

Revised road closure dates:

Phase 1 – 12 May to 19 June 2022 – Mill Street

Phase 2 – 20 June to 3 July 2022 – Bear Street

Phase 3 – 4 July to 3 August 2022 – Birch Street

Phase 4 – 4 August to 5 August 2022 – Gravel Hill

To assist with the Mill Street closure, it will be necessary for temporary traffic signals to be in operation on Bear Street and Birch Street between 13 and 19 June 2022. On street parking will be unavailable during this time and we would appreciate it if any vehicles can be relocated. There is an area for car parking at The Green on Stoke Road; however, please avoid parking close to the works compound gates.

Since the drainage improvement scheme commenced on 4 April 2022, the teams have progressed very well within the rear gardens of two residential properties. The work involved drilling through a heritage wall for the outlet of the new surface water sewer and the installation of a new flap valve, which is visible from Fen Street. This was the first phase and the team managed to complete over a week ahead of programme.

The second phase of the works then commenced on 12 May 2022 with the closure of Mill Street. The team will first complete the works required within the access of the private property before laying pipes and gullies in Mill Street. Mill Street will remain closed until 9 June 2022 before moving on to Bear Street and Birch Street. There will be a period of up to one week where the entire junction of Mill Street, Bear Street and Birch Street will have to be closed to traffic. As always access to businesses and properties will be maintained. This will take place after Her Majesty, The Queen’s Jubilee celebration weekend and require a slightly longer diversion route. The exact dates, duration and diversion route are to be confirmed. 

Junction plan for B1087 Birch Street, Mill Street and Bear Street (710,KB)

Frequently asked questions

Will I still be able to get in and out of my property?

Vehicular access to businesses and properties will be maintained; however, maybe temporarily restricted during each road closure. Staff will be on site to advise of the restrictions and arrangements at the point you require access or egress.

What about access for other services, including emergency services?

We notify the emergency services, local bus operators and councils for bin collections. If an emergency vehicle needs to get in, access would immediately be made available.

Will the works be noisy?

The nature of roadworks and the equipment that we use means that works can be noisy. We will do everything we can to keep noise to the minimum possible. 

Why is there a long diversion in place?

When we close a road and put a diversion in place, it needs to be a route that can be accessed by all shapes and sizes of vehicles. We make the diversion as clear as possible, but people may choose to use other local roads. Read more about diversion routes for road closures.

Business open as usual’ signs will be in place for the duration of the work. If you have any specific access requirements, including deliveries, please inform us as early as possible to ensure disruption can be kept to a minimum.

On-street parking directly outside properties will be restricted, however every effort will be made to allow on-street parking nearby. Local parking is available, including some space in the village hall car park when there is no major event being held.

Temporary pedestrian walkways will be always provided around the work site. 

A storage compound and welfare facilities area will be operational from 4 April 2022. The site will be based on the Stoke Road public green, where machinery will be travelling to and from throughout the works. Prior to the start date, an area will be fenced off and a temporary surface will be installed using crushed materials. The area will be reinstated to its original state on completion.

Contact us 

If you have any questions or concerns before/during the works, email your enquiry to customer.services@suffolk.gov.uk or alternatively, call us on 0345 606 6171.

Throughout the scheme, our teams on site have made great progress and with the support and cooperation from the residents with the changes to temporary parking restrictions, we have managed to reduce our time on site, finishing two weeks ahead of schedule.

Suffolk Highways would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to all the community. We appreciate that schemes of this scale can cause communities disruption, so we thank Nayland’s residents for their ongoing understanding and cooperation whilst we’ve been on site.

The scheme had the aim of alleviating a history of highway and property flooding within the village. Following several months of planning, preparation and concerted efforts, whilst ensuring we kept disruption limited during events within the village; such as the village fete and the Platinum Jubilee street parties, we are glad to report that the scheme was a success.

We hope that any concerns of extensive flooding have now been relieved and will continue for many years to come.

Once again, we would like to thank the residents of Nayland and surrounding areas for their cooperation throughout the works. And of course, a special thank you to the teams involved in the scheme.