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Kilburn Lane to close for three weeks after sewer collapse

PUBLISHED: 09:06 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:56 26 July 2017

Front entrance to St John the Evangelist Church  is on Kilburn Lane which will be closed for three weeks after a sewer collapsed

Front entrance to St John the Evangelist Church is on Kilburn Lane which will be closed for three weeks after a sewer collapsed

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Parishioners and motorists are being warned of road diversions in Kensal Green for the next three weeks after a sewer collapsed near a church.

Fr David Ackerman of St John the Evangelist Church in Kilburn LaneFr David Ackerman of St John the Evangelist Church in Kilburn Lane

Kilburn Lane will be closed from the junction to Harrow Road to the junction with Regent Street from July 31 to August 18 to allow Thames Water engineers to access the street after the sewer collapsed on Wednesday.

In an email to residents, Paul McDonagh of Brent Council’s highways and infrastructure team, said: “The section of Kilburn Lane falls under Westminster Council’s control but please be assured that both Brent and Westminster officers will work with Thames Water to reduce the duration of this road closure.

“The impact to the road network is expected to be severe, especially in peak times.”

Resident groups tweeted out the warning which alerted the Rev David Ackerman, the vicar of St John the Evangelist Church, which has its front entrance on Kilburn Lane.

Rev David said: “I have received no official notification of this work and so I have asked Westminster City Council if I can discuss options. The first I heard was reading a press release from Brent. The main entrance to the church will I assume be out of access for three weeks, so cars can enter through the side gate but it will be extremely difficult to hold funeral services. I have a wedding here during the road closure and again I will have to be in touch with the families as the side gate is not that wide.”

A spokeswoman for Thames Water said: “We’re sorry for any disruption our vital sewer repairs will cause. It’s important the broken pipe, which connects one property to the main sewer network, is repaired to prevent sewage flooding that property and the environment. We’re doing the work during the school holidays as this is generally a quieter time on the roads and we’ll do our best to get finished as quickly as we can.

“Access to the church will be maintained from Harrow Road as our working area is further north and close to the junction with Regent Street. It’s important for people to know that businesses will be open as usual during our work.”

A spokesman for Westminster Council, meanwhile, said that responsibility for the road closure lay with Thames Water, and that the Council had merely approved a request to close the road.

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