Along with City Council Planning & Transportation officers, I met with Scotland Gas Networks and their contractor towards the end of last month regarding their proposed works in Perth Road. Work like this over 24 weeks is extremely disruptive and I sought assurances on a number of important aspects. Specifically, I was given clear assurances that households and local businesses would receive early written notification and indeed I was told that SGN representatives would speak with each local business to discuss any concerns and questions as these notifications were being delivered.
It is extremely concerning that, here we are only a week before the works are due to start on Perth Road, and there are continuing anxieties being expressed about lack of consultation and notification coming from local people. If there is a clear lesson to be learned from a similar closure by the water authority in Perth Road in 2001, it is that clear information and consultation is vital.
Over this weekend, I have therefore e-mailed both Scotland Gas Networks and a representative from their contractors seeking urgent clarification as to the extent of notification to households and businesses thus far, and seeking answers as to why at this late stage, the information dissemination is unsatisfactory.
Yesterday, I was contacted by a resident who lives in a lane immediately adjacent to the affected part of the Perth Road, and whose access is only possible via Perth Road. This gentleman has received no notification from SGN about the works. Like others, his immediate concern is access to his house, particularly important as his wife is disabled.
I have suggested to SGN that its attendance at a public meeting, perhaps held under the auspices of the Community Council, should also be considered by them. This would let all residents and businesses in the area raise any issues directly with the company and its contractors.