Roadworks misery continues until next year

Just Regional
Dec 8, 2016 3 mins read

Drivers, residents and shop owners in Aylsham are facing a Christmas and new year of roadworks as work continues in Burgh Road.

Work there was due to finish late November after starting in the summer but road closures are still in place and due to stay until well into January.

Martin Dixon, area network co-ordinator for Norfolk County Council highways said: “The work is currently programmed to complete in mid-January, and Norfolk County Council are in daily contact with the site to monitor progress.”

He said the ongoing work and associated road closure at the junction of Burgh Road and Oakfield Road was due to National Grid Gas attending a badly leaking main.

“This work has been hampered by the quantity and location of other services apparatus in the highway, not least of which is the old Victorian town drain. Currently, progress is awaiting Anglian Water work to divert part of their main, to enable the subsequent installation of new gas pipe,” he said.

National Grid are able continue to work on other sections of this pipe to reinforce and improve the supply, he added.

Antony Quarrell, regional press officer for National Grid said: “Work has had to be put on hold until the water pipe diversion is completed. Currently we hope to be able to resume work in early January 2017 and we hope that we have it completed by the end of January.”

Sarah Dobson, from Anglian Water, said National Grid had contacted them when they started work and realised that the water main was in close proximity.

“We were working to direct the water main and that has now finished,” she said.

The work has caused problems from businesses and residents in the area, including Heatcraft owners Trudi Bradley and Andrew Westwood.

“People find it difficult to find us anyway and this has made it even harder for customers. We have had a lot of complaints and have definitely lost business through it,” said Trudi.

“Personally it’s been a problem too for both of us as we live in that area and have to spend 10 minutes round diversions every time we want to get into town.”

She was also concerned about work starting on a new roundabout at the former bathroom and kitchen site and a road closure that end too.

But Town Clerk Sue Lake said: “That work is scheduled to start on January 3 but road closures will not happen until the other end is open.”

She added: “There have been lots of complaints to the council about Burgh Road but most people are very reasonable about and realise this needs to be done and sometimes you are inconvenienced.”

Resident Shaun Allen, who lives on the corner of Burgh Road and Oakfield Road, echoed her comments, saying: “It has cause us some difficulties getting access to the house and with parking but the team working on the road have been fantastic and kept us up to date with what’s going on.”

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