“PARADISE LOST” ON THE PENARTH ROAD NAMED AFTER POET MILTON

"Rate us on how tidy this is" - says Wales and West Utilities who've left this chaos on Milton Road, Penarth (Photo Edward Townsend)

Please rate us on how tidy this is” – says Wales and West Utilities who’ve left this chaos on Milton Road, Penarth.  Local residents are furious. (Photo Edward Townsend)

This roadside stretch on Milton Road, Penarth, was a grass verge and pedestrian pavement – but now it’s  just a  jumble of holes in the ground and umpteen yellow plastic road barriers.

The verge has been left in this condition since Wednesday last week – and local residents say they believed it’s the result of  a dispute between the utilities company Wales and West – and contractors – but this has been denied.

The poet John Milton - after whom Milton Road is named - might have had something to say about the issue

The poet John Milton – after whom Milton Road is named – might have had something to say about the issue

For local householders, there are  problems not only walking along Milton Road but also accessing the driveways of local homes.

One local resident Mr Edward Townsend said “at least a dozen phone calls” had been made to complain about the situation – but nothing had been done.

It was  the eponymous poet Milton who said “When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.”

The ultimate irony is that the Wales and West sign –  fixed to the barrier nearest the camera –  invites local residents to take a photo of the site and email it – along with a  “tidiness rating ” on a scale of 1 to 10 – to the company . Each entry will entered in a “monthly draw” the winner will get a  gift voucher worth £50.

One Milton Road resident said “Forget the gift-voucher – we just want what Milton describes in “Paradise Lost” –  a ‘level pavement’.” [Book 1 Line 726]

Wales and West Utilities say that the pavement was about to be restored when an electrical cable fault was discovered by Western Power Distribution.

In a statement this morning Francis Kirk, Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller for Wales, said: “We are working in Milton Road, Penarth, as part of our 30 year gas pipe investment programme across Wales and the south west of England. We are replacing old metal gas pipes with new plastic ones, to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable supply of gas now and in the future.

“We dug a series of holes in the verge and footpath on Milton Road to connect homes to the new gas pipe. This work was finished last week and the holes filled in – ready for grass to be reseeded and the pavement to be reinstated.

“Unfortunately, issues with an electrical cable not related to our work meant that Western Power Distribution (WPD) had to dig in the area again. We are now working closely with WPD to make sure the holes can be filled in, the grass reseeded and the pavement reinstated as soon as possible.

“Safety is a top priority for us, and while it may be unsightly, we encourage our contractors to do what they can to temporarily cover deep excavations – including using barriers.” Wales and West can be contacted on  0800 912 2999 or by email at enquiries@wwutilities.co.uk.

Meanwhile local homeowners may recall Milton’s other famous line  “They also serve, those who only stand and wait”.

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5 Responses to “PARADISE LOST” ON THE PENARTH ROAD NAMED AFTER POET MILTON

  1. snoggerdog says:

    wales & west utlities were bought out by the chinese while they were laying pipes in windsor terrace, so if you are looking to blame someone/thing,dont blame it on the bossa nova!

  2. Ivor Bagman says:

    May I recommend
    Radio 4
    MILTON JONES
    BE HONEST !
    You have to laugh !

  3. Pauline Townsend says:

    Have these people got no feelings of responsibility. Their attitudes are disgusting. It seems time for them all to grow up and take responsibility for returning things to normal. This is absolutely disgusting and shows all concerned in a very bad light.

  4. Private says:

    The same crew have been working in The Gardens area for some weeks including the stretch of road outside our house. We were very happy with the way the team conducted themselves – polite, hard working, trying to keep out of everyone’s way, leaving the area tidy once the work was completed. We all managed without our drives for a while so perhaps the Milton Rd residents need to use a little more patience or simply cross the road?

  5. daipop1 says:

    Dear Mr Davies,

    Thank you for your email below and for bringing this matter to our attention.

    Our local Area Manager Francis Kirk has been made aware of the situation.

    I would like to advise that we are working in Milton Road, Penarth, as part of our 30 year gas pipe investment programme across Wales and the south west of England. We are replacing old metal gas pipes with new plastic ones, to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable supply of gas now and in the future.

    We dug a series of holes in the verge and footpath on Milton Road to connect homes to the new gas pipe. This work was finished last week and the holes filled in – ready for grass to be reseeded and the pavement to be reinstated.

    Unfortunately, issues with an electrical cable not related to our work meant that Western Power Distribution (WPD) had to dig in the area again. We are now working closely with WPD to make sure the holes can be filled in, the grass reseeded and the pavement reinstated as soon as possible.

    Safety is a top priority for us, and while it may be unsightly, we encourage our contractors to do what they can to temporarily cover deep excavations, including the use of barriers.

    If you have any further questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact our Complaints team on freephone 0800 294 6645, who will be happy to assist you. Alternatively, you can reply to this email.

    Yours sincerely,

    Becky Hall
    Complaints Assistant
    Wales & West Utilities Ltd.

    Wales & West House
    Spooner Close
    Coedkernew
    Newport
    NP10 8FZ

     Internal customers – 02921 678457- Option 9
     External customers – 0800 294 6645
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    —–Original Message—–
    From: Dave Davies [mailto:daipop@btinternet.com]
    Sent: 06 June 2016 08:57
    To: Enquiries
    Subject:

    Milton Road disaster site when will you reinstate ???

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