Meeting to help residents cope with gas repair road closure in Crewkerne
Crewkerne residents will discover more about impending ‘nightmare’ 10-week gas repairs on one of the town’s main roads at an information event to be held on Wednesday.
East Street, one of the town’s main entrance roads, faces closure when a £170,000 project to replace a 646-metre stretch of gas main begins on Monday, January 21.
The road will be temporarily closed for more than half of the 10-week duration, from Monday, January 21, until Friday, March 1.
Wales and West Utilities, which has scheduled the work, said Goulds Brook Terrace, Orchard Lane, East Street, Mount Pleasant, Court Barton, Church Street and Market Square will also be affected during the work.
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A public information event will be held in Victoria Hall, Market Street, on Wednesday from 3pm until 6pm.
Local businesses in Crewkerne have raised concerns over the works.
However, Wales and West Utilities has promised that it is aiming to minimise the disruption and stressed that all businesses will be open as normal and deliveries will be accommodated.
Operations officer Frank Alton said: “We will have a team of experienced gas engineers on site throughout the project to ensure the work is completed quickly, efficiently and with minimum disruption. Wales and West Utilities is very aware of the effect this work will have on local people and businesses and is working closely with the local authority to minimise inconvenience.”
Adam Loder, who owns Number 5 the deli and Number 7 the cafe in Crewkerne, said: “It will hit us. People will steer clear of the town however good the diversions are.
“Even if you come down North Street it will be a congestion nightmare.
“Small business don’t really have a say in it. It is a fait accompli, there is very little we can do about it.
“It is another thing put on the back of small businesses. The smaller shops in Crewkerne are what keep the town going and shutting one of the main roads off won’t do anyone any favours.
“Possibly because it is taking place at the start of the year things might be quieter and we won’t miss out on as much.
“Crewkerne has very pro-active shop owners who do a lot for the town, but people could change their shopping habits.
“The town is congested at the best of times so it won’t help traffic either.”