Louise Baldock was a Labour Councillor in the city of Liverpool for two terms, 2006 - 2014. This was her award-winning blog, written mainly as a councillor about issues affecting Kensington and Fairfield ward, sometimes as a politician, and sometimes simply personal commentary. Although she thought she might rekindle the blog after May 2015, she has now changed her mind and leaves this as an archive and record.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Emergency Road Closures on Prescot Road, Old Swan
Just seen this update from Gary Millar, which will also apply to any of my residents. Email me on louise.baldock at liverpool.gov.uk if you need any more information and I will endeavour to get it for you.
You may be aware of roadworks that have been ongoing for approximately a
week on the inbound section of Prescot Road, between Broad Green Road
and St Oswald’s Street. These works are being undertaken by National
Grid Gas to locate and rectify a gas leak in this area under their
It has been
brought to our attention this afternoon that due to the position of the
gas main and the available road-width, it is unsafe for National Grid
Gas to continue with their works without the road being closed to
vehicular traffic. We have also been advised by National Grid Gas that
as we are dealing with a gas leak it is not possible for them to
back-fill / reinstate the excavation and vacate site to enable the city
further time to disseminate this information to the travelling public,
as we would with planned works.
As such, we have been left
with no alternative but to agree to the closure of this section of road
(inbound only) and we are in the process of making the necessary legal
orders to enable this to take place with effect from 7pm this evening.
National Grid Gas will be working on the leak 24 hours a day to both
locate it and rectify it and they anticipate that the works will take in
the region of 3 to 4 days to be completed and reinstated. I have
requested that they provide the city will regular updates on these works
and I will endeavour to keep you notified of progress once this
information has been received.
The emergency services and
Merseytravel have already been notified of these works and we have
arranged for appropriate messages to be displayed on the relevant
electronic VMS signs in the city so as to pre-warn the travelling