Isobel is a Conservative local councillor on Reading Borough Council, first elected in 2006. She represents Mapledurham Ward. This is her personal blog with news & her views.
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Bricks being delivered for contractors to repair resident's collapsed wall
On 22nd January a water mains burst near the start
of Westdene Crescent
which is off Woodcote Way.I happened to walk by at about 11 pm and witnessed
the huge lake of flooding spreading across both footpaths and the road.
I spoke with the gas contractors who were waiting for a Thames
Water man to shut down the mains.They
told me the water had made the carriageway collapse above the mains so once it was
shut off they would get to work to repair the damage.
As I’ve posted before,
the gas road works in the
area are in themselves disruptive.The Thames Water issue has made things much worse.
Residents contacted me last night complaining the refuse
vehicles hadn’t been able to drive along Westdene Crescent so their bins hadn’t been
emptied. They also wanted to know how long
repairs were going to take so here is my update.
After my email to RBC last night and phone calls this morning
I’m happy to report bins were emptied today.
Thames Water’s contractors are excavating to a greater depth
than normal to ensure they can incorporate any potential damage that may have
been caused to deeper layers of the carriageway structure into their reinstatement
works. As long as they
don’t find any significant damage, they anticipate completion and clearance of
their works on the carriageway by the middle of next week.
Taken this morning before talking to residents
The above works will be conducted on one half of the carriageway
at a time.It has been observed on site
that their current works area leaves a narrow running lane which should be
increased when they switch sides.However this avoids a closure of the street.
I’ve been informed
that refuse vehicles have been turned away by Southern Gas Networks contractors.The contractors have apparently stated that
the carriageway plates, used to span their trench across the entrance to Westdene Crescent, could
not support the weight of a standard refuse collection vehicle.
RBC has contacted the contractors in question, concerned
that such plates were being used and that the Council had not been notified of
any potential weight limits.RBC has
been assured that reinstatement material has been ordered for tomorrow (Friday)
morning and that this section of their carriageway excavation will be fully
reinstated by mid-morning.