In case you happen to be wondering what is happening in St Mildred's road, Westgate, then the shopkeepers have already been on to me today and I have been out to see the local traders and the results of the roadworks.
To cut a long story short. Morrisons are laying a new gas pipe in Westgate and you will have seen the work running up and down Westgate Bay Avenue. Now it's the turn of St Mildred's road outside the shops.
I have spoken with KCC Highways department and the inspector came down to have a look this afternoon. I also spoke with the works supervisor on the job and here's the bad news.
It could take up to three weeks to lay the pipe depending on what they find when they dig-up the road. I have stressed the interruption to local business and the fact that the elderly won't be able to park outside the Post Office and chemists.
Morrisons will try to have the job finished as quickly as possible and have agreed to try and keep as many parking bays in operation as possible during the course of the work. I will be checking on this from time to time and won't hesitate to make a fuss if they don't keep business and parking interruption to a minimum.
Being new to the job of being a councillor, I'm discovering that it's really outside my control but I can at least try and hasten the work along.
Realistically, only a percentage of the local population read this but if you can pass the word along, it will be a great help.