Work starts on £120k water main up­grade

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Work to over­haul a faulty water main in Cri­an­larich is un­der­way.

Scot­tish Water started the work to up­grade the sys­tem ear­lier this week fol­low­ing com­plaints from res­i­dents.

Fed–up vil­lagers had pre­vi­ously called for an im­proved ser­vice in Oc­to­ber last year af­ter a burst water main left them high and dry for the fourth time in four months.

Res­i­dents and busi­nesses were left with­out a sup­ply fol­low­ing the burst in Sta­tion Road.

The firm is now in­vest­ing around £120,000 in im­prove­ments to a sec­tion of water main fol­low­ing pres­sure from the com­mu­nity and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Work started on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, and will see con­trac­tors Clancy Docwra in­stalling 222 me­tres of new pipe along Sta­tion Road from its junc­tion with Main Street.

It’s ex­pected to take around three weeks for com­ple­tion.

Through­out the work, a road traf­fic man­age­ment has been agreed with Stir­ling Coun­cil and will in­clude tem­po­rary three-way traf­fic lights at the junc­tion of Sta­tion Road and the A85.

Ac­cess to and from Sta­tion Road will be main­tained.

Ruar­idh MacGre­gor, Scot­tish Water’s cor­po­rate af­fairs re­gional man­ager, said: “This in­vest­ment fol­lows some bursts on a water main in the area and will fur­ther re­duce the risk of dis­rup­tion by im­prov­ing our in­fra­struc­ture.

“We’re sure that our cus­tomers in the area will wel­come the news that im­prove­ments are now un­der way.”

Alan Smailes, of Strath­fil­lan Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said: “We have been cam­paign­ing for an up­grade by Scot­tish Water for some time now fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous burst water main pipes over the past few years in Cri­an­larich.

“We’re ex­tremely happy that the prob­lem is fi­nally be­ing re­solved and our small com­mu­nity and busi­nesses can look for­ward to trou­ble free sup­plies of fresh water in the fu­ture.”

Stir­ling MSP, Bruce Craw­ford, said: “It was clear this the sit­u­a­tion needed more than just a plas­ter to fix the prob­lem.

“I’m pleased that Scot­tish Water has taken this sit­u­a­tion se­ri­ously and is putting its money where its mouth is to de­liver a more reli­able water sys­tem through Cri­an­larich.”

Trossachs and Teith coun­cil­lor, Martin Earl, added: “There has been a long run­ning cam­paign run by the Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and sup­ported by Coun­cil­lors, MSPs and MPs that has fi­nally seen Scot­tish Water ad­dress the se­ri­ous prob­lems af­fect­ing many res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the com­mu­nity. I’m de­lighted that the work has started and is now deal­ing with the cause of the prob­lem rather than the re­peated at­tempts to patch up the ex­ist­ing pipe that kept fail­ing.”

Boost Bruce Craw­ford MSP wel­comed the in­vest­ment

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