Shops and businesses in Helensburgh’s West Clyde Street are getting a visit from the Helensburgh CHORD project’s new liaison officer, local resident, Elaine Forbes. Elaine has been employed by the contractor, MacLay Civil Engineering Limited. Already Elaine has been introducing herself and leaving contact details, explaining work will start on Tuesday 7 May. The liaison officer’s job is to make people aware of the benefits of the project, take on board any concerns and make sure there is minimal disruption to those affected by the construction works.
Managing Director at MacLay Civil Engineering, John Pugh, said “It has become obvious in week one that Elaine is known to many of the local business owners. As a local she has a vested interest in the scheme. She has been busy in the first few days preparing posters to advertise the forthcoming public event in Victoria Halls on Wednesday 1 May where the public will have a chance to meet us the contractor. We look forward to seeing you there.
“Elaine has been meeting retailers face to face and distributing business questionnaires in order to accommodate delivery times and opening hours. She has been proactive ensuring that her own local community is very much kept aware of programmed works and in dealing with concerns and enquiries. Elaine will be a crucial part of the site management team.”
An information evening is being held on Wednesday 1 May at the Victoria Halls between 7pm and 8.30pm so you can get more information on the implementation plans for the Helensburgh CHORD project and there will be the opportunity to meet the team at MacLay’s.
Council leader, Councillor James Robb said, ““Despite all the publicity there is still the sudden realisation that after years of talk the council is actually delivering the investment in Helensburgh. Continued good communication going forward is essential so I welcome Elaine’s appointment and am confident she will make a significant contribution to the successful delivery of the project. It is important we help shops and businesses minimise disruption and to trade as normally as possible when the works are being undertaken. I would ask anyone with questions about the implementation of the project or the phasing of the works to come along to the meeting on May 1 or to contact the council.”
Here’s the current phasing programme please note we are awaiting the contractors phasing which will give more exact dates.
Phase 1a - West Clyde Street April - August 2013
Phase 1b - The Esplanade April - October 2013 and February - June 2014
Phase 2 - Colquhoun Square August - November 2013 and January 2014
Phase 3 - Colquhoun Street North December 2013 - January 2014 and
East Princes Street January - February 2014
Phase 4 - Sinclair Street March 2014 - June 2014