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The first phase of the main­te­nance scheme has started in Wool­shops and will move onto Mar­ket Street and then Al­bion Street for the next 12 weeks.

Ex­ca­va­tion work will start from Septem­ber 2. Radar has been used to cart the course of the ex­ist­ing pipes.

The main­te­nance, car­ried out by the North­ern Gas Net­work, is part of an on­go­ing devel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture around Hal­i­fax to re­place the ex­ist­ing me­tal­lic gas pipes with durable pipes.

Al­though the project has been de­scribed as “es­sen­tial” by the gas net­work, traders are pre­par­ing for noise pol­lu­tion and higher lev­els of dust around the area.

Stu­art Ker­shaw, owner of P. Crab­tree & Son, said: “It is es­sen­tial work that needs to be done - ob­vi­ously it will af­fect our busi­ness but we can’t do any­thing about it.”

Emma Carter, of Franklyn’s Jewellers and Gold­smiths, was wor­ried about cus­tomers not be­ing able to ac­cess her shop win­dow but is go­ing to “wait and see” if her busi­ness is af­fected.

A cus­tomers’ tent, op­er­ated by the net­work to en­able them to ask ques­tions, will be open from Septem­ber 2, on week­days, from 10am to 2pm. + ARE THE GAS WORKS AF­FECT­ING YOUR BUSI­NESS? CON­TACT NEWS­DESK AND LET US KNOW hal­i­fax­courier.co.uk @HxCourier face­book.com/hal­i­fax­courier

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