CHORD works can’t be delayed – council

A one way system will be used, diverting traffic via West Princes Street
A one way system will be used, diverting traffic via West Princes Street

The controversial CHORD works on Helensburgh’s seafront will start next week, despite pleas for a delay by traders.

Businesses fear they will lose out heavily because of disruption along West Clyde Street and have launched a petition, as revealed here last night.

But Argyll and Bute Council, which is responsible for the project, says the work will still go ahead as scheduled, and since the contract has been awarded (to Maclay Civil Engineering) there would be substantial costs to the council if it changed now.

“Measures have been taken in the phasing and construction of the works to minimise disruption,” said a spokesperson.

“The work is being done in the summer due to the exposed location in order to allow for good quality work to be done.

“The Helensburgh CHORD project is in place to secure the long term sustainability of the town.”

Traders say the timing means disruption caused by the work will hit them at their busiest time of the year  in a seaside town, and asked for compensation if the project was not rescheduled.

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