FERNHILL HEATH GAS WORKS TO BE SPEEDED UP
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FERNHILL HEATH GAS WORKS TO BE SPEEDED UP

Following an intervention by the local MP, National Grid has agreed to speed up work on the replacement gas main under the A38 in Fernhill Heath.
On Sunday, Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff visited the village and then got in touch with a senior manager to explain the serious impact the work was having on the village and its traders.

Today, Peter has spoken to the company and received assurances that:

The workforce on the project will be doubled

The bigger team will move to full seven day working

The works will soon move away from the local businesses most seriously affected

No work will take place after December 18th and the site will then be cleared until the New Year, freeing up access to traders completely in the days before Christmas

Applications for compensation for loss of trade will be encouraged and viewed sympathetically.

Commenting, Peter said,

"This is vital safety work on an important gas main, but it's such a shame that the work was not delayed until the New Year in the first place. This is all the more true because the work proved to be more demanding than originally expected due to the condition of the old main. That means it is all taking much longer than first planned.

"In the circumstances I think National Grid has responded as positively as I could have hoped and I thank them for that. Now the proof of their actions will be in the pudding, but things look more optimistic than they did only two days ago."

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