Little Neston Councillor Issues Challenge to Scottish Power
|Published: 10th December 2018 14:04|
There can be few residents from the Neston area who haven't been affected by the recent town centre roadworks on Bridge Street.
The works, appearing overnight last Tuesday, left local drivers waking up to chaos on Wednesday morning, with traffic queuing back as far as West Vale in one direction, and round the one way system into Ladies Walk in the other.
Cllr Nigel Jones has challenged Scottish Power over the misery-inducing roadworks in Bridge Street.
The emergency works arose from a power failure requiring the hole in the road, with temporary traffic lights controlling the town centre traffic flow.
Local councillor Nigel Jones takes up the story: "I drive through the town centre regularly each day and I was struck immediately by the lengthy delays and ensuing chaos. I was stuck for 15 minutes on Wednesday morning and by Sunday afternoon, things hadn't changed with the 487 bus becoming jammed under the footbridge.
"I was in regular contact with the council's Highways team each day last week and discovered that whilst the emergency temporary job permit issued to Scottish Power lasts until 12th December, the council officers had asked for the works to be completed as quickly as possible, due to the difficult location.
"We received reassurance, first that the works would be completed by Thursday evening, and when this didn't happen, we were told the same for Friday. As residents will know, this didn't happen either, and the town was left with queuing traffic all over the weekend and into the Monday morning rush hour. I have been told this lunchtime, that the works will be finished by 4.30pm today (Monday).
"I have expressed my concerns to the council officers, who are not at fault at all, that whilst emergencies are unavoidable, these types of delays are unacceptable. Quite simply, Scottish Power should have finished the work more quickly, and had better advance signage on the roads to give drivers the chance to take an alternative route. This didn't happen, and they should be held accountable.
"Given the misery that we have all had to put up with, I'll be asking Scottish Power for a full and detailed explanation of what has happened, and also for them to make a donation to Neston Community Youth Centre, which held their annual Santa Dash through the town centre on Sunday, only metres from the hole."