Caerphilly’s Labour politicians put pressure on over gas roadworks
Caerphilly’s Labour politicians have called for urgent action over the disruption caused by gas main works in the town centre.
AM Jeff Cuthbert and MP Wayne David have waded into the row after town centre traders said the closure of Cardiff Road was choking businesses.
Mr Cuthbert has raised the issue with the Welsh Government.
He said: “A number of concerned residents and traders have contacted me recently about the on-going road works in Caerphilly town centre.
“The council says it has given residents and traders sufficient notice of the disruption but local people and traders that have contacted me dispute this strongly. So perhaps the Council need to review their communication policies at the very least.
“I urge the council to do everything in its power to speed up both sets of road works so that this disruption is brought to an end as soon as practically possible.
“I have also asked the Welsh Government to look into the matter and work with the Council to ensure such massive and inconvenient disruption does not happen again.”
MP Wayne David has called on Wales and West Utilities, which is carrying out the work, to “speed-up”.
He has written to the chief executive of Wales and West Utilities asking if necessary additional manpower and equipment will be allocated to the Caerphilly works.
He said: “These gas works are squeezing the life blood out of Caerphilly town centre. The Local Authority should not have agreed a timetable which causes so much disruption over such a long period. That is why I am asking Wales and West Utilities to conclude their work well before the 10 week deadline agreed with the council.
“I also hope that traders will contact Wales and West Utilities and seek compensation for the significant loss in trade which they are experiencing. It is simply not fair that local business people and the public are having to experience such a scale of disruption over an unacceptably long period.”
A spokesman for Wales and West Utilities said: “We have not yet received any correspondence from local MP Wayne David regarding our work in Cardiff Road, Caerphilly. When this is received we will respond accordingly.
“Our work in the town is essential to bring improved safety and security of supply to local homes and businesses. We anticipate the scheme will take between eight and ten weeks to complete.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr