Councillor Tracey Huffer and I have expressed our frustration at the length of time it is taking for roadworks at the junction of Station Drive with Upper Galdeford and Gravel Hill. Most of the time there are no workers on the site – except for the operative who sits in a van all day in case the temporary traffic lights fail. Town buses inbound to the town centre are being diverted via Weeping Cross and Old Street in an attempt to keep to timetable.
Now Western Power has responded to our complaints. Here is the company’s statement:
“As we install sections of the new cable, we transfer the supplies to each property. The delay, as always, is arranging separate calls for each connected customer; as the job progresses, we have to move back and forth along the route to fit disconnections in and this can impinge on our plans.”
“We have overlaid the electricity supply network from Portcullis substation, in stages, across the rear of the car park and towards Station Drive Surgery.”
“As we stand now, we have completed about two thirds of the job, we will be reinstating the last few stretches of public highway over the weekend and the start of next week, we are reducing the work areas too, as regards each separate service; what we have left is Station Drive Surgery, the Social Club and the last 5 houses. When all customers have been transferred, we will remove some old switching equipment on the corner of Station Drive and Gravel Hill. We have a Permit until 3rd March but if all goes well we may be finished a bit earlier”.
Shropshire Council is to continue to inspect the site regularly. It is pushing for earlier completion and continued compliance with the applied permit conditions. If the works overrun unreasonably, the council will take enforcement action which might include daily charges and fixed penalty notices.