We all know that gas main work is a night-mare but has enough consideration been given to the traders and residents of St Peter's?
Work was due to start last Monday but was 2 days late in starting and the signing gives the impression that the centre of St Peter's is now cut off.
My contacts tell me that Eastonways have cancelled their bus service that went into the Co-op Car Park in Hopeville Avenue which is still accessible and thus confined many elderly residents without cars to a 2 month misery. Why cannot Eastonways still provide a service?
This picture taken at 10.00am today shows no-one working on the site at all.
This is a disgraceful state of affairs. Businesses in St Peter's are barely hanging on due to Westwood Cross and the present recession and are already reporting trade down by 40% since the road was closed off.
We have the unsavoury situation of a Gas Company carrying out its business at an incredibly leisurely pace for a period of 8 weeks whilst the businesses and residents of St Peter's suffer as well as the road users of this critical route.
This is where local citizens expect their Councillors to get involved to come and talk to them, find out their concerns and then use what influence they can to improve signing; get the contractors to put more men on the job and bloody well get this job done in a couple of weeks rather than the ridiculous 8 weeks allocated at present.
So where are KCC Councillor Bill Hayton and TDC Councillors Zita Wiltshire, Jason Savage and 'Our Ken' ? Are they talking to businesses and residents who they represent? What are they doing to see if this work can be done in a faster and more effective way? Can they not take up issues with Eastonways and the gas contractors?
If they are twiddling their thumbs, the small businesses of St Peter's will go under and all it needs is the pet supplies or butchers to go and others will follow. For goodness sake, can we not do essential work like this in a speedy and effective way? Get to it, Councillor's, elections are on the way!