Thursday 4 November 2010

Thomson Street - latest

As reported in this morning's "Courier", I have expressed concern on behalf of residents about delays to the completion of works on Thomson Street that have resulted in the road’s closure since August.

The work has been undertaken by Scottish Water (a new water main - this work was undertaken first - starting 23rd August and was scheduled to take until around 19th September) and now Scotland Gas Networks (a gas renewal scheme, to start immediately Scottish Water complete their work. SGN's gas renewal scheme was scheduled to take until 14th November).

Following residents expressing concern to me that work seemed to be behind schedule, I raised the issue with Scotland Gas Networks’ contractor and has received the following response :

“The original dates are only a best estimate for these types of works, as we never know what we are going to encounter when we dig a hole. Originally we were supposed to be into Thomson Street around w/c 13/09/10. Due to Scottish Water running a few weeks late we started on Monday 27/10/10 and are now into week six of our 12 week estimation. All going well we should be complete middle of December, if there is to be any change we will keep you informed in due course.”

I am concerned to learn about the delays to completing the works, particularly as the road has now been closed for months and there’s been considerable inconvenience to residents in terms of access, parking and servicing such as bin collections and deliveries. It is really important that this work is completed as soon as possible given this.

The City Council has asked the contractor to provide signage in the area as soon as possible to indicate the revised completion date of the works.