IT DOES not seem to be getting any better for Prentice Place shopkeepers.
The completion date for repairs has been moved and moved and moved. What once was June is now November. Having said that, shopkeepers now believe it could be December.
To add insult to injury, they have now been informed by Affinity Water that they will start digging up the area from February 2020.
We spoke to the owner of Charlie’s hairdressers, Catriona MacLeay about her situation.
An Affinity Water spokesperson said: “As part of our commitment to reduce leaks and bursts on our network, we have proposed a plan of works to replace 2.9km of pipework in Harlow from February 2020.
“Prentice Place is a part of this proposed scheme and we are currently working closely with the local authority to finalise plans. Once plans are agreed, we will advise customers in advance of the work taking place and hold a drop in session to discuss any concerns local businesses may have.
“The water main along Prentice Place was laid in 1954 and has burst four times since 2010, as such it is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced to minimise any future disruption.
“Rest assured, this work is absolutely essential to ensure we continue to provide a reliable supply of water to customers in Harlow for many years to come and we would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation.”
Mrs MacLeay has referred to Harlow Council in the news item.
A spokesperson for Harlow Council said: “We have not been informed of any work taking place or had any involvement in these plans. With this type of work utility companies will make contact and work with Essex Highways who maintained and own the vast majority of roads and pavements in the town.
We are in contact with Affinity Water and Essex Highways to find out more about what is planned for Prentice Place. This is so we can understand more about the impact any works could have on local businesses and the redevelopment work which is taking place in the area.
“The needs of local businesses and the impact on them and the redevelopment work has to be considered.”
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