UKPN Electrical Repairs Safety Inspection at Leigh

ROADS inspectors were called in for emergency electrical work after elderly residents found themselves unable to use the roadway safely.

UK Power Networks (UKPN) began electrical work last week to repair an underground wiring fault in Leigh, near Rochford Corner in Rayleigh Road.

But the works meant that one side of the sidewalk was entirely out of use.

Councilor Paul Collins brought the matter to council after residents contacted him with concerns.

Southend Council motorway inspectors visited the site with UKPN representatives on Wednesday to check that the temporary footbridges were wide and safe enough for residents to continue to use.

The site has been given the green light and, with repairs now complete, UKPN bosses have pledged to restore the path to normal “as soon as possible”.

A council spokesman said: “UK Power Networks is currently undertaking essential maintenance work at Rochford Corner. We have been made aware of concerns regarding traffic management, which is in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and workers.

“Our team inspected the site and although the traffic management layout is in line with the code of practice and all permit conditions have been met, we have forwarded the concerns raised by local residents to UKPN and they have confirmed that the site will be cleared after completion of essential maintenance.

A UKPN spokesperson said: ‘The electrical work to repair the fault has now been completed and our team are now working to resurface and clear the site as soon as possible and ahead of schedule.

“Safety is paramount at UK Power Networks and we carried out a site visit today to check that the walkways on the site are wide enough and functioning properly. This site passed a council inspection yesterday.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this essential work.”

Mara W. Anderson