More repair woes for Prentice Place in Potter Street

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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3 Responses to "More repair woes for Prentice Place in Potter Street"

  1. MickyB77   September 12, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    What a farce !
    durcant was extolling the virtues and accomplishments of his Labour council
    for months, more than I care to remember, yet, they allow a development
    to go ahead, without any investigation, collaboration or foresight, as to whether
    any other operations in the area, were on the drawing board.
    But, as usual, I suppose, it’ll be the fault of the Tories.

  2. durcant   September 15, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Let be absolutely clear whilst we have a great working relationship with all the private utility companies the council has no authority to stop them repairing or upgrading there services.
    Any discussion about digging holes trenches is with the Tory controlled ECC not the Labour controlled HDC.
    I’m sorry the owner of this shop hasn’t read any of the updates provided by the council or hasn’t used the opportunity to make contact with the regeneration officer overseeing the project.
    When I was the cabinet member I know that the council visited each business including this one as we had discussion about frontage to each business.
    We’re all frustrated that this final part of the regeneration of the area is still on going but you can see from the video working is still happening.
    As the private water company have said this upgrade will be 2.9km in length not just in the car park of Potters street.
    It’s true the council were only informed of this decision at the time the community were informed.
    Everyone agrees the building looks fantastic.

  3. MickyB77   September 16, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Missing the point,deliberately. Yet again.
    The suggestion is obvious that the council should have checked what, if any,
    works were to be carried out in the area, other than what Harlow council were
    Like when buying a house, searches come to mind regarding utilities, etc.

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