Firm behind major roadworks in Grimsby apologises for inconvenience
"LEAVING the cables in the ground is simply not an option if the people of Grimsby are to have a power supply fit for the future."
Northern Powergrid, which is in the first week of a ten-week initiative to replace electricity cables in Boulevard Avenue, has explained why residents, businesses and motorists in the town must expect some disruption.
Spokesman Roderick Stuart said: "We apologise to anyone being inconvenienced by this work but we stress the importance of making sure the town is equipped with a modern and reliable electricity supply.
"Sadly, there is no way of replacing old and unreliable cables without some disruption. Everything reasonable is being done to limit the impact on local residents and motorists."
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He told how the firm has sent out 3,500 letters to homes in the immediate area detailing the scheme, and said businesses had also been informed.
Making a direct plea to residents, he added: "Please bear with us while this essential improvement work is carried out."
Tim Mickleburgh, who has lived in Boulevard Avenue for just over two years, said: "This is the third time that there have been major roadworks reducing the flow of traffic to one-way operation. Why couldn't those responsible have co-operated with one another so the work could have been carried out at the same time?"
While there has been criticism, there is also understanding among the community about the issue.
Steve Ellis, the Grimsby and Cleethorpes branch chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "This affects everyone, but at the end of the day, a power failure would have a greater impact.
"It will be awkward for a few weeks but most people I am aware of have commented on the poor traffic light sequences.
"With the electrical work that is being carried out, the town could be in total gridlock if everything isn't running smoothly."
Dave Atkin, chairman of the area's Hackney Carriage Association, said: "The work is obviously going to affect everyone in the area – we just have to get on with it.
"People will moan about anything if they get the chance. Taxi drivers should give passengers the options to take a different route.
"Alternatively they should tell passengers that there might be delays which could add to the cost of a journey. Passengers should also be aware that journey times might be longer and adjust accordingly."
Roy Laughton, the owner of a removals firm in nearby Lister Street, said: "There are a lot of people complaining about it, but my way of thinking is it has got to happen, so let them get on with it.
"There could be more signs to help people know which way to turn. But it is one of those things and we have to accept it."
And Andrew Lister, owner of Danmat Motors Ltd, of Pyewipe Road, said: "It is early days but so far the contractors have been very considerate."