Gas works postponed for three years

Gas works postponed for three years

Gas works planned for Upton which caused concern for the town’s traders have been postponed for another three years.

There were fears about disruption to parking sites on a number of the town’s main roads including New Street and High Street, and it was thought this could have led to a loss of trade in the key Christmas period.

The works were put back until January next year, but due to the increased cost, the works have now been put off until 2018.

Balfour Beatty was the company tasked with completing the gas work, but has pulled out as a section 38 is in force- this means the company will have to replace the entire width of road it digs up, not just the section that has been dug.
The section 38 expires in three years.
Balfour Beatty remained unavailable for comment.
On its website Upton Town Council wrote: “Balfour Beatty have contacted the town council to say that they will not be carrying out the gas works in Upton until at least 2018 as there is a Section 38 in force which essentially means that if they dig up the carriageway they will be required to replace the entire width of tarmac rather than replacing the section they have dug up.
“They don’t want to do this on the grounds of cost so will return when the Section 38 expires in 2018.
“Incidentally, the Section 38 does not relate to the pavements which is detailed separately.”
The news has come as a big relief to the traders in the town, who were also worried about the affect gas works going ahead in January would have on the run up to Easter, and the town’s events at that time of the year.
Upton Business Association had also lobbied Balfour Beatty to put the work on hold.
The work is expected to take several months to complete.
Annette Keyworth, Chair of Upton Business Association, said: “Maybe it was a bigger job than they realised and the fact that we were pressuring them too, not to go ahead.
“It’s a big relief for the town and the traders, and between now and 2018, we can all work together in coming up with a plan for the gas work so everyone is better prepared for it.”