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Nine-week utility works for Torquay town centre

By HEHannahFinch  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

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NINE weeks of gasworks in Torquay town centre are due to begin at the end of the month.

A drop-in information event is being held on Tuesday January 14, 4-7pm at Torbay Community & Voluntary Action, Castle Road, Torquay.

Wales & West Utilities is planning an investment programme to upgrade the gas network in parts of Torquay town centre to improve services for gas users.

Work is due to start at the end of January to avoid the Christmas season.

It is thought the work will take approximately nine weeks.

The project involves the installation of 750 metres of new plastic gas pipe with a lifespan of more than 80 years. – During the course of the scheme, work will be taking place in:

• Union Street

• Pimlico

• Stentiford Hill Road

• Market Street

• Queen Street

• Tor Hill Road

• Temperance Street

There will be a temporary road closure in place on Pimlico from Market Street to Stentiford Hill Road.

This will be in place from Monday January 27 until Friday February 21.

Wales & West Utilities project manager for the scheme Matthew Isaac said, “We are writing to all those who live and work in the vicinity of the planned works to invite them to the drop-in information event. “We hope that people will come along and meet us and find out more about the project and ask any questions they may have of the project team, who will be pleased to help.

“Whilst we are working it will be business as usual for local traders, and we will put up signs that clearly show this. We assure everyone that we will try to minimise inconvenience as much as possible while we are working in the town centre.”

The company is working with Torbay Council’s highways department.

Progress updates will be posted regularly on the firm’s website. The work is being carried out on behalf of Wales & West Utilities by contractors Morrison Utility Services.

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  • TrotskyCod  |  January 11 2014, 10:20AM

    Chunder is right and such an illuminary. Perhaps we could also have flying gas holders (gasometers) to help in feeding this network. Got to be the dumbest idea since dumping the pavilion in the harbour and dumping addicts in the centre of Torquay. Chunder should run for Torbay Council or mayor.

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  • omnivore23  |  January 10 2014, 11:40PM

    That's right Chunder - I can't for the life of me think why they would want to bury such attractive things underground, why anyone would think gas was dangerous or something. Spark me up will you.....

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  • LeninYfronts  |  January 10 2014, 8:23PM

    Yes, that would look nice chunder. A 36" pipe feeding a small town or a 72" main feeding a city. Lovely. We could also build a sewer system in the sky as well.

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  • chunder12345  |  January 10 2014, 7:00PM

    if our gas pipe line network was above ground rather than underground that would means when it comes to maintenace or replacement they wouldn't have drill the roads. we could have gaspipe lines above ground overhead rather than underground. that is possible to do

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  • BobZimerframe  |  January 10 2014, 6:12PM

    We will get 'drop-in' holes in the road as one group of town centre addicts remove the barriers and another group of town centre addicts fall in. It will be a paramedics nightmare and Torquay will look like the land of the living dead with wounded drug addicted zombies on the loose.

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