Monday, 7 January 2013

Concern raised over handling of Hawkhill power cut issue

On Friday morning, without notification to residents, a squad from Scottish and Southern Energy appeared on Hawkhill near the Sinderins junction and set up a road lane closure, temporary pedestrian arrangements and temporary removal of a well-used bus stop, in order to attend to a power cut problem affecting some adjacent properties into Blackness Avenue.    However, although the road, pedestrian and bus stop restrictions remain in place, no work has taken place over the weekend.

Whilst residents and I appreciate the temporary road and pavement restrictions were necessary on Friday, it appears the work was abandoned on Friday afternoon and the restrictions have remain pointlessly in place over the weekend.    

My concern about this is that, as a result, the lane closure and unsatisfactory pedestrian temporary walkway will be in place during the rush hour this morning at this very busy bus route into the city centre.   Children going to Blackness Primary School use the pavements on this stretch of Hawkhill and the school term starts this morning.

I have asked Scottish and Southern Energy why the road and pavement restriction remains in place and why no work was carried out over the weekend to get it removed before the Monday rush-hour.  I have also sought an assurance that the works will be completed and the barriers removed urgently.