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Gas works disruption to Truro businesses

By WBMiles  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

Businesses on St Mary's Street have been disrupted by gas works due to finish next week.

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Long-suffering businesses in Truro have been assured works to replace gas pipes in the city centre will finish on time at the end of next week.

Bar owners on St Mary’s Street said they had not been warned of the level of disruption gas works carried out by Wales and West Utilities would bring.

Wales and West said they had kept local businesses informed and insisted work would finish on time on March 28.

Simon Radcliffe had the road dug up and plant machinery in place directly outside his bar, the Old Grammar School.

He said: “With this weather we would expect a lot of people in the outside area. We are trying to run a business. We were not told there would be plant here and drilling going on - I was told it would not disrupt us.”

Ian Jones from the Kernow Club, formerly the Royal British Legion, said: “I was aware they were coming down St Mary’s Street but I wasn’t told what was going to happen.

“Nobody bothered to come and tell us this was going to happen and the upheaval that was going to occur.”

Major works have been taking place in Truro since September with South West Water working on a sewer upgrade at the same time as the Wales and West works. The sewerage works are expected to go on until June.

Paul Trevaskis from Wales and West said the gas pipe replacement scheme was on schedule to be completed by March 28, as planned.

He said: “We have kept local businesses informed of our plans and have placed information boards on site concerning the road closures that we have in place, as well as holding fortnightly stakeholder briefing meetings. If we had to deviate from our original timescales, we would have communicated this immediately.

“Work is progressing well in St Mary’s Street, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the area for bearing with us while we carry out this essential improvement programme to make sure residents and businesses in the area continue to have a safe and reliable gas supply.”

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