The Town Council, The Chamber of Commerce and several Councillors individually wrote to SSE, the electricity company doing the work in Tanners Lane at the moment, about their plans to close Lower Street this summer for six weeks.
The closure had been going to take place during the school summer holidays, but this is when retail will be fully open.
We wanted to avoid a situation where, just as businesses were struggling to their knees after lockdown, they were kicked in the teeth by this huge cross-town interruption.
SSE have now brought their £600,000 project forward to start on 1st June for six weeks.
This isn’t ideal and may well cause some problems, but they have a licence from Surrey to do it when they like and they have tried to respond to our concerns.
If it’s over in mid-July, this should co-incide with a return to more normality and disadvantage business and residents less. In the first two weeks until 15th June, that will certainly be the case.
There’s supposed to be seven-day working, so please get in touch if you see that’s not happening.
The Tanners Lane work (all part of the same project) went on longer than planned as there’ve been technical problems, including going under a stream and difficulty in finding old cable runs. Both of those needed special permission.
There’s been a hole the size of a swimming pool in the grounds of Redwood Manor.