Road works to drag on into March
Northern Gas Networks / United Utilities, the company responsible for the major road works in the village have conceded it could be March 6th before the project is finished. In December, they told the Parish Council and Metro that they expected the road works to take five weeks but were seeking a road closure notice for eight weeks to allow for unforseen delays. Now, in a letter to villagers, they point out that they expect the project to go to the ned of a ninth week due to 'recent weather conditions and engineering difficulties'.
There is now gas in the new main but connections need to be re-established. Holes dug are being left open to allow this and some recently filled may have to be reopened. The mains connection at the Moor Lane junction will be done during week commencing February 23rd and will restrict an already narrow carriageway. The contractors are asking that villagers exercise special care at that point and around other road works, particularly those near Brooklands. This southern entrance to the village should remain open and passable with care most of the time. They are concerned that some motorists have moved big metal fencing barriers, leaving road works in a 'potentially dangerous situation'.
Some homes will need some reconnection gas work but this will be carried out free of charge and all staff respoinsible will carry photographic ID.