Gas company told to 'clean up' Kidderminster estate

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A GAS company has been told to clean up a Kidderminster road which is causing a “danger” to vulnerable residents according to a county councillor.

Liberal Worcestershire county councillor Fran Oborski said she had received a number of complaints about work contracted by National Grid, which had left holes in footpaths, with “mud and sludge” washing across the pavements on Longfellow Green on the Offmore estate.

A spokesman for the company said representatives would meet the county council, who look after roads, to discuss a solution.

Mrs Oborski said: “There are holes in the footways, surrounded by purple barriers with no evidence of any work being carried out. Dangerous amounts of mud and sludge are a real hazard to the many elderly and vulnerable residents living in the area.

“I am absolutely delighted Worcestershire Highways has issued an emergency defect notice to ensure that emergency clear up work is carried out. As local county councillor, I shall be inspecting the work to ensure remedial works are carried out.”

A National Grid spokesman said: “The ground at the site is very sandy and when it rains it washes the sand on to the pavement and we are having problems clearing it up because you cannot just sweep soil down the drains.

“We have set up a meeting on site with someone from the council to come up with a solution. We have swept it but every time it rains it will happen again.”

Conservative county councillor John Smith, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the estate had been inspected as a matter of urgency and he expected roads to be cleaned up shortly.

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12:58pm Fri 12 Oct 12

emjaypee says...

Wth this sort of utility works you will have holes in the ground with barriers around but no work at times. The holes have to be opened up and workeded on with other excavations in order to carry out the work. As I understand it this involves inserting the new gas pipe inside the old one so you need the holes to make this work. This is a modern alternative to digging trenches along the length of the whole street.
However it is also just as easy to clean up the mess. They do not need wasteful meetings on site............. just hire a mechanical mini sweeper periodically and get the mess cleaned up.
Wth this sort of utility works you will have holes in the ground with barriers around but no work at times. The holes have to be opened up and workeded on with other excavations in order to carry out the work. As I understand it this involves inserting the new gas pipe inside the old one so you need the holes to make this work. This is a modern alternative to digging trenches along the length of the whole street. However it is also just as easy to clean up the mess. They do not need wasteful meetings on site............. just hire a mechanical mini sweeper periodically and get the mess cleaned up. emjaypee
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9:47pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Jane Gordon says...

The gas board have been making 'a mess' all over the Wyre Forest district not just in Offmore. Our road was resurfaced not so long ago. It looked very nice for a few weeks then the gas board came along. We shouldn't really complain as I presume the work is being carried out for our future safety not just for the fun of it.
The gas board have been making 'a mess' all over the Wyre Forest district not just in Offmore. Our road was resurfaced not so long ago. It looked very nice for a few weeks then the gas board came along. We shouldn't really complain as I presume the work is being carried out for our future safety not just for the fun of it. Jane Gordon
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