Gas works gather pace despite residents’ opposition

Watt Place gas works
Watt Place gas works

Milngavie residents are angry that work to upgrade the gas supply network is still being carried out despite their fierce objections.

Residents were furious that they were not informed of the work before it began and later discovered that Southern Gas Networks (SGN) is installing an essential gas governor there to maintain the appropriate gas pressure.

Now there is also a temporary green kiosk, which locals say is too big, unsightly and inappropriate for the residential setting. They also claim that SGN refused to consider a subterranean version or to re-locate it because of the cost of buying land somewhere else.

SGN has apologised to residents for failing to notify them of the initial work but residents say they feel the company has treated them with contempt from the beginning.

Hannah Adam, a spokesperson for SGN, said: “After concern was raised about our work, we have been discussing the installation with East Dunbartonshire Council. We believe the governor size and location does not require planning permission or a building warrant and are awaiting a final response from the council to confirm if this is correct.

“We have contacted local residents and would like to assure them we will continue to listen to their concerns.”