Crossgar concern over pipe laying

Crossgar concern over pipe laying

6 September 2017

PHOENIX Gas has been asked to ensure businesses in Crossgar will not face disruption when contractors arrive in the village to lay a new mains pipeline later this year.

The company is investing £60m to bring natural gas to homes and businesses in 13 towns across Down, including Annahilt, Ballynahinch, Castlewellan, Crossgar, Downpatrick, Dromore, Drumaness, Dundrum, Hillsborough, Newcastle, Saintfield and Spa.

Rowallane councillor Terry Andrews and former South Down MP Margaret Ritchie say they have been approached by a number of business owners in the village who want assurances that work planned for Downpatrick and Killyleagh Street and the Kilmore Road will not impact on trade in the run-up to the busy Christmas period.

Councillor Andrews and Miss Ritchie said while they “fully recognise” that the installation of natural gas will introduce a new energy source for local residents and businesses, all efforts must be made to ensure that no impediments are placed in the way of conducting normal business activity.

Phoenix Gas has confirmed it is looking into the matter with Councillor Andrews hoping every effort will be made to ensure disruption in Crossgar is kept to a minimum and the needs of the business community will be uppermost in the company’s plans for the village.

Miss Ritchie added: “It is important that continued business activity is allowed to prevail and that Phoenix Gas continue to provide a good service with no obstructions to all residents in Crossgar.”