Gas leak fears quashed
PUBLISHED: 19:22 29 September 2013
FEARS of a gas leak near a Weston school and dozens of houses have been allayed by North Somerset Council.
Ongoing roadworks on Marchfields Way require contractors to dig up ground near the old gas plant and ‘unforeseen issues’ regarding it had delayed resurfacing work.
The problems sparked fears gas had seeped from the former plant, just yards from homes in Drove Road and Hans Price Academy.
However the council has denied that the problems encountered are as serious as that.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “The new road being built along Marchfields Way goes through the site of the old gas works.
“It was therefore expected when we started work that we would have to deal with contaminated land caused by this previous use.
“However, clearing the site proved more complicated than we expected. Part of this was because we found foundations from the old gas works buildings under the surface when we started digging.
“But there have been no problems with gas leaking into the ground from the neighbouring plant.”
Increasing capacity to Marchfields Way is a part of the £15million Weston Package transport improvements.
A night-time closure of neighbouring Winterstoke Road will begin on Wednesday and last for eight nights.