During the Parish Council Surgery on Saturday 7th May a number of complaints were received about the road works on Church Street.
The notification the village was given, was that Church Street would be closed for 5 weeks from 4th April. That period expired on Monday 9th May.
Progress on the installation of the new gas Main had been slower than usual due to a trench having to be cut through solid Sandstone Rock and the necessity of using smaller machines to minimise the damage to properties on Church Street.
On Thursday 5th May the British Gas Customer Service Representative, and the site foreman for the works, informed our editorial staff, that the operations on Church Street were virtually completed. In addition it was observed that workmen were in the process of removing some barriers on Friday morning.
We were also informed that Church Street was likely to be opened, but would be subjected to traffic light control, as would the High Street whilst work on replacing the Gas Main continued up as far as the Dry Cleaners.
However, on Monday 9th May within one hour of the traffic lights being installed on Church Street, there had been 2 vehicle collisions within the first hour, due to local residents jumping red lights.
The Contractors, Balfour Beatty, subsequently in the interest of residents safety, took the decision to leave Church Street closed to through traffic until all the work had been completed.
Although it would appear that all the work has now been completed, apparently there is still a length of the Gas Main on Old Hall Street that needs replacing, There is no indication at present when this will take place.
Oh for the days when Church street was a quite little street and life moved at a slower pace. — See photograph.