It was an urgent job, we were told last December. Town centre gas pipes are old and are becoming dangerous. So urgent, the work would have to commence in April. When National Grid Gas missed that date, it announced that it would dig up King Street and High Street in July – a decision that was met with a volley of protests from councillors, the town council and traders. When Shropshire Council said “no”, National Grid proposed doing the work from mid-September to November. That’s still a busy season and after more lobbying, the company agreed to move the works back to January 2016. Today the company announced that is not going to do most of the work it was planning at all.