Following an initial presentation to local traders in Cookstown on the new Gas to the West project being delivered by contractors SGN, Mid Ulster District Council Members were recently given further information on works due to begin mid-July in Cookstown.
Works which will commence in mid-July by SGN (Gas to the West) and NI Water are a welcome investment into Cookstown; however, disruption within the town will be inevitable as a result of work locations on Drum Road and Moneymore Road.
On being informed of the works, Mid Ulster District Council requested both contracting teams to present their works plans, including traffic management plans for the area, to elected members and Cookstown Town Centre Forum.
A number of issues were raised, including the lack of communication from contractors to local businesses and the local community. It was agreed that on commencement of the work and as it progresses, regular updates will be provided to Mid Ulster District Council by the contractors, and contracting teams will disseminate information to local businesses and the local community by both direct contact and through local press.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Cllr. Kim Ashton said, “While we welcome the investment which Gas to the West and NI Water are bringing to Mid Ulster and the potential for local businesses to tender for opportunities within the Gas to the West project, we also recognise the disruption the works will cause, and to ensure that this is kept to an absolute minimum for residents and businesses in the area, the Council has asked that the contracting teams plan and communicate at the earliest opportunity and frequently throughout the project with local businesses and the community.”
To find out more about SGN supply chain opportunities and register your business as a potential supplier visit www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/GTTWprocurement