CHORD liaison under way

A liaison officer for Helensburgh’s CHORD project has already started introducing herself to shops and businesses in the town.

Elaine Forbes starts work for the contractor, MacLay Civil Engineering Limited, on May 7 but has started visits in West Clyde Street.

Her job is to make people aware of the benefits of the project, take on board any concerns and make sure there is minimal disruption from construction works.

Maclays managing director, 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.

“Elaine has been meeting retailers face to face and distributing business questionnaires in order to accommodate delivery times and opening hours.“

An information evening is being held on Wednesday May 1at the Victoria Halls between 7pm and 8.30pm so residents and businesses can get more information on the implementation plans for the project and there will be the opportunity to meet the team at MacLays.

Council leader 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.”

The current phasing programme is below, but the council says it is 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

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