This page has been set up to keep Residents, Businesses & Visitors up to date with the High Street/Broad Street Road Closure, during the 2nd & 3rd phase of works. During these works it is important that local Businesses are continued to be supported. DT Civils Ltd. are contracted to complete the works for Dwr Cymru.
Viv invites you to approach them with any issues you have. Please also feel free to leave comments or questions below and DT Civils will endeavour to give you answers to your queries. Viv has asked that we also reassure Residents & Businesses that they will do all they can to help keep the town accessible for the businesses in town. He has full understanding and support in the fact that we need to encourage visitors & residents to continue to use towns shops and businesses during these works, and will do all in his power to assist with this.
Please pass the word around, sharing this page on Social Media, word of mouth etc. to let the public know.
24th October 2014
Well they have done it again! DT Civils have beat the target completion date. Yesterday they had hoped to get road diversions down by the end of Saturday. Tonight High Street is fully open. They expect to have all machinery and equipment gone by the end of the weekend and the temporary yellow lines removed on Monday. We have to say Well Done DT Civils!!! They really have made a huge effort to get the job done as quickly as possible, alongside being helpful and considerate to businesses and residents way beyond expectations. For this we have to be thankful to Dwr Cymru for ensuring they got the right company to sub-contract the job. This has not meant that Dwr Cymru has just left them to it as they have been continually liaising with ourselves, Councillor Avril York, Highways Agencies and DT Civil,s to ensure that everything is running as smoothly as possible through Sheena Howells.
DT Civils have one last request from ourselves and that is that we encourage you all to share this post, in order that everyone knows:
ROAD DIVERSIONS ARE DOWN AND ORIGINAL TRAFFIC ROUTES HAVE RETURNED TO NORMAL.
PLEASE TAKE CARE AS SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT BE AWARE, THIS INCLUDES ALL ROAD USERS AND PEDESTRIANS.
13th October 2014
Phase 3 is now in place and well under way. The traffic management system had a few teething problems on Friday, but following discussions between Avril York, DT Civils, Dwr Cymru and the Highways Agency adjustments to these seem to have rectified them and traffic is flowing reasonably well once more. The one way system in Castle Road/Street has been removed and temporary yellow lines have been added or are in the process of being added to West Street (Outside the Kebab Shop & outside the Laundrette – the parking bays have also been temporarily removed). Until these temporary yellow lines are in place, you will see red cones have been put in place – please do not move these so that you can park – these are there to assist in road safety, as well as help the flow of traffic. There was some concern on Friday that the residents on Garth Road and Park Road had had no prior warning to the temporary yellow lines put outside their homes. This was due to a number of factors, the major one being a change in the traffic management system at last minute, following the brilliant work of DT Civils on Phase 2’s early completion.
7th October 2014
Happy to report that Phase 2 of the works is now complete. All current signage and traffic management for Phase 2 should be down by later this afternoon and all traffic back to normal this evening.
The traffic management company will now need to set up all of the new signage and change the lines on the roads to reflect the Phase 3 traffic management. This should all be in place either tomorrow afternoon or Thursday morning at the latest. Once in place works will be able to continue.
DT Civils have worked extremely hard and as such are, at present, ahead of schedule on the works by about 10 days. Many of the businesses have requested that we acknowledge that their hard work has been gratefully recognised.
Obviously with the traffic management changing over the next two days, we would ask people to please be patient and observant of new directions. We would also remind pedestrians that as of late afternoon today, Broad Street & High Street will be open to traffic as per normal, please take the time to remind your children and friends – we know many have enjoyed the street being pedestrianised, and we want to ensure everyone’s safety.
Dwr Cymru have been good enough to supply us with the most recent traffic management plans for publication on this website. These are pdf documents that will require adobe acrobat to open them. Due to the size of the area affected they come in two parts. Please feel free to view, save and print these documents.
Again WELL DONE DT CIVILS
1st October 2014
The fencing has come down! Work has moved at a rapid pace over the past 10 days, meaning that today DT Civils were happy to be able to take the heras fencing down and continue works using the smaller low barriers. They have done an amazing job and after giving the street a good wash and brush down, were pleased to be able to allow pedestrians full access across the road. Businesses & retailers spirits were lifted at this news and further lifted as visitors and shoppers started making the most of the pedestrianised town. Everyone we spoke to today was full of smiles and very complimentary of DT Civils work team, and quite rightly so.
22nd September 2014
Some will have already seen that Friday afternoon and through the weekend the heras fencing has moved up the High Street.
Initially this had a walkway through to the opposite side of the road at the top of Groe Street. This has now had to be removed whilst the area is dug out. DT Civils & Dwr Cymru are trying to create as much access to the shops & businesses as possible. Their original intention was to continue the heras fencing further up but they have realised since being on site that this would make it more difficult for ease of access.
Following talks with Dwr Cymru today, it was decided that in order to maximise works, two further separate but small areas would be fenced off further up the High Street, over the next couple of days. This enables the workers to continue working while the chlorination tests are being carried out on the latest section. They are very much aware that people are concerned at the length of times that very little work appears to be being carried out. As explained earlier the tests can not be sped up, but they are trying to find a happy medium between maximising works and keeping access to shops and businesses.
The cleaning of the streets and pavements, was also discussed today. As the road has a temporary closure notice on it at the moment, Powys County Council do not have the responsibility to be cleaning the street. Dwr Cymru & DT Civils are committed to taking on this responsibility. The responsibility of cleaning of the pavements remains with Powys County Council.
As there have been a few concerns from shop owners and members of the public, that this is being carried out efficiently both Avril York and Sheena Howells have agreed to ensure everything was being carried out to keep the High Street tidy. It was happily noted that more than the usual amount of shop & business owners have been assisting with this by simply taking a few minutes and sweeping the area in front of their business.
The traffic flow was agreed to be running smoothly, with most people happy that there is little to no delay coming in and leaving town. Obviously this morning was an exception to this, but we did have a very large Ram Sale Event on the Showground and whilst diversions had been put in place, through Erwood for passing traffic, these events always cause some delays in town (but they also bring visitors & shoppers).
Finally it is great to see the shops putting on such wonderful sales from 10% up to 50% discount being offered. Shops have started getting their Christmas lines in, making it an ideal time to start the Christmas Shopping and making good use of the two hours free parking on The Groe car park and the “pedestrianised” High Street. It isn’t just the shops, Cafe’s and Pub’s also have some great deals on at the moment. Don’t forget cars are being allowed into the non fenced areas, for quick pick ups and deliveries, speak to either Viv or Jack (who can be found at either end of the street) and they will happily assist you. Alongside this shops are being very accommodating too, just ask.
17 September 2014
R.W.A.S. have offered to pay for two banners, to be erected on the roundabout. These banners are due for delivery imminently. Dwr Cymru have provided a large banner advertising that the town is open for business as usual, this has now been erected on the fencing at the bottom of Broad Street.
In order to quash a few rumours around town, we have been able to view the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust report so far. The only findings have been some cobbled stones (floor) of post medieval date, along with a pot found within this cobble fill – again dating post medieval. The trust are not involved in the whole excavations, only small sections of it. Anyone wanting to see plans of this are welcome to visit the site of at the bottom of Broad Street, where the site manager will be happy to go over the plans of works with you.
The Site Manager informs us that many are questioning why it looks like works have slowed down. The works have not slowed down, it is simply that a lot of the work being carried out the last couple of days, is behind the scene’s work. Dwr Cymru have to run tests on the water, after each section is completed to ensure the water has not been contaminated during the works. These tests take 5 days , they can not be sped up, as samples have to be given time for any possible bacteria growth to come to life. Only after this can Dwr Cymru sign off the completed section. This is all to ensure we are continuing to be supplied with water that is fit for consumption. He also informs us that they are starting to tarmac the bottom section of road now, in preparation of this part opening for pedestrians and delivery from Monday. On Sunday they will be moving the fenced area further up the street.
Many people in town are feeling upset with the B&R headline this morning, not only because it could discourage visitors to the town, but mainly because it is a very misleading headline. The town is far from being in chaos – in fact there is a lovely friendly vibe around town, with everyone getting used to the road system – which is running very smoothly, they are also enjoying shopping in the traffic free town. Many shops have sales on, plus the Christmas and Autumn/Winter lines are arriving daily, locals and visitors are taking advantage and getting started on their Christmas Shopping.
13 September 2014
The first of the banners arrived and were erected on The Groe & Smithfield Site.
Town Major Adrian Jones offered to pay for another banner.
Councillor Avril York’s Statement
These will request that people use the zebra crossing to access the town.
Motorists are confused about turning into what is normally a one way road in the opposite direction, so please don’t put yourselves in danger by crossing anywhere other than the zebra crossing.”
11 September 2014
Today Chamber of Trade have agreed to pay for two banners to go on railings on routes into town, (these are ordered and on the way)
Serene Education have offered to pay for one to go on railings around the road works pointing out that the businesses are open on either side of the cordoned off area.
Avril York has personally offered to pay for one to direct pedestrians across the Zebra Crossing, also explaining all shops are open as usual.
These will be ordered for delivery early next week. If anyone else would like to donate £29 for a banner we are looking to cover incoming traffic from The Brecon Road & A483 from Cilmery. Unlike the road signs (which general opinion is there are too many and it is becoming impossible to read them all, even making it somewhat confusing for drivers) the banners are fresh looking, welcoming visitors and letting them know we are open for business as usual and that there are two hours free parking available on The Groe.
We are not looking for town businesses (who are suffering greatly) to pay for these but businesses, persons or groups not affected financially by the road works to assist those that are.
Questions & Answers
“I only want to pick up something quickly in town, do I really have to park on The Groe and walk into town?”
This is something Viv himself can see is a problem for residents, especially first thing in the morning. So following talks with his seniors, it has been agreed that with works starting in Broad Street they are able to temporarily allow short visit parking, to enable residents to pick up &/or deliver goods, in the parking bays outside Conti’s Newsagents. Added to this, where possible, they will allow short stay parking in the bay outside Spa. Please understand that this needs to be restricted to quick stops, to allow as many residents as possible to use the extra parking and to ensure deliveries can be made to the shops.
Please do not misuse the relaxation in access restrictions and disappear off for long periods of time, or they will have no option to withdraw this offer.
Please do not park there without talking to the representative positioned at the top of The Strand, to let them know where you are, so you can be supervised in the area for safety reasons and so that you can be contacted in case the vehicle needs to be moved for any reason.
“Why can’t you always hear work taking place behind the screens of roadworks?”
“Why are there workers standing around seemingly doing nothing?”
Viv has been asked and/or overheard this being questioned, and he has asked us to post an explanation on here.
Archaeologists are present during the works because the town has an area of historical significance, this being the castle ruins. This is something that is standard practice during operations a kin to the present water/roadworks. They will be taking and testing soil samples and overseeing the excavation of the road and pipes. This at times can APPEAR like no works are being carried out, to onlookers.
You can also find discussions, regarding the High Street Road Works on our Facebook page