As we all know there have been lots of road closures in the Parish due to works to install broadband and these have not been running too smoothly. Debbie met with Gigaclear the broadband provider, Complete Utilities the installer, Gloucestershire Highways and the Parish Council this week . " Highways, myself and the Parish made it perfectly clear we were happy about the communications to ourselves and residents regarding what was happening when. We were happy with the meeting and the ways works were to progress. We were given a timetable of work and road closures and it seemed a really successful meeting" said Debbie
Then this happened, a burst water main and collapse along the High Street at 7.30 this morning. 650 homes and Chalford Hill Primary had no water, 6 families were evacuated and the road was closed. Debbie was on the scene talking to local residents and liaising with the Parish Council for them to update their website. The current position is that most homes should be back on mains water, but bottled water has been delivered to all those affected The High Street is likely to remain out of action for several months once the water main has been repaired and the road will need to be demolished and rebuilt.
Debbie continued "My main concern was that affected residents had water, the lack of drinking water was compounded by the hot weather and I wanted to make sure all households were aware of the issue and had fresh water. I also wanted to make sure the evacuated residents had somewhere to stay. I was very impressed at the Teamwork of all the agencies, Highways, Severn Trent, Stroud District Council and the Police were all working together and working hard for those residents affected."