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Anglian Water begin work on Newmarket drainage ditch

It has been reported that scheduled work to clean out rubbish from a 300 metre drainage ditch in the Suffolk town of Newmarket is now underway.

Responsibility for the drainage ditch, which runs both above and below ground, has caused some confusion, with Anglian Water taking ownership over the majority of its length, with the exception of a 60-metre stretch.

This has meant that the water company has been in discussions with the Environment Agency, Forest Heath District Council, Suffolk County Council and the Highways Agency in clarifying the situation.

However, despite this issue, this has not prevented the month-long clean-up operation from getting started on the site, which begins at Exeter Road and runs to Studlands.

Ciaran Nelson, spokesman for Anglian Water, said:

“We are concerned to get the job done and get the problem fixed first and then carry on talking to whoever will take part of the ditch over.

“We will return every five years to clean it but we will be keeping a regular and watchful eye on it to make sure that nothing goes wrong.”

Residents have complained that this is the first time that the ditch has ever been cleaned out.