Re­gen work should not have stopped

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

WHEN the re­gen­er­a­tion build­ing works be­gan, we knew it was go­ing to be hard and hit with teething trou­bles.

The past few weeks have caused no end of grief for in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers who rely on your trade, for driv­ers and for peo­ple look­ing to get any­where on time.

It is dis­ap­point­ing that the Broad Street clo­sure was not fin­ished be­fore Christ­mas and it’s equally dis­ap­point­ing that work­ers have been al­lowed to down tools for a two-week festive break.

While it has been on the chilly side of late, we note that work is con­tin­u­ing on other projects: no­tably last week’s clo­sure of King Street Lane that also caused traf­fic woes.

We are not Scrooges de­mand­ing that the work con­tin­ues on Christ­mas Day, but one would ex­pect that a project of this mag­ni­tude would not be paused the week be­fore Christ­mas so the work­force can put their feet up.

This au­tumn, the road clo­sures have caused un­told mis­ery and af­fected the whole of the bor­ough.

It is not ac­cept­able that the work has been paused un­til 2018.

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