Portland Street residents vent their frustration over water works distruption

York Press: Brian Furey, left, the owner of the Gillygate pub, and his chef, John Griffiths, with the altered Yorkshire Water sign in Portland Street, off Gillygate Brian Furey, left, the owner of the Gillygate pub, and his chef, John Griffiths, with the altered Yorkshire Water sign in Portland Street, off Gillygate

NEARLY six months after flood prevention work started on a York street, residents have vented their frustration at constant disruption outside their homes.

Yorkshire Water moved into Portland Street, off Gillygate, in October last year to start installing massive underground pipes and tanks to hold storm water and stop homes being flooded.

But one resident has made his frustration at the disruption clear by making alterations to a sign on the site.

The Yorkshire Water board used to read “We won’t be here for long, but the benefits will” until an anonymous passer-by re-wrote it as, “We won’t be here forever, it just feels like we will.”

Chef John Griffiths, who has lived on Portland Street for nearly 30 years, spotted the altered sign as he walked home from work on Sunday evening.

He said: “The work started in early October, and the original letters from Yorkshire Water said it would be over by Valentine’s Day but now it’s looking like late March or Easter.”

Although the residents are pleased their homes will be protected from flooding they are struggling with no parking outside their homes.

John, 60, added: “For me the worst thing is when you come home with heavy shopping and can’t even park outside for a minute to unload the car.”

A Yorkshire Water spokesperson said the work had taken longer because the tunnelling had been held up by difficult ground conditions, and because the number of cables and pipes under the road meant they had to do a lot of excavation by hand.

They thanked residents of Portland Street for their “continued patience”

whilst work was carried out to reduce the risk of sewer flooding in the area, adding: “We had planned to make up some of the time by working on weekends.

But when we discussed this plan with residents, they told us they would prefer us to continue to only work on weekdays, as weekend working would be more disruptive for them.”

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10:27am Wed 12 Mar 14

The Great Buda says...

Some people.
Some people. The Great Buda
  • Score: -6

10:38am Wed 12 Mar 14

Pedro says...

Damned if they do damned if they don't.
Damned if they do damned if they don't. Pedro
  • Score: 11

11:13am Wed 12 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Outrageous. Excellent use of the Frutiger 65 font, though...
Outrageous. Excellent use of the Frutiger 65 font, though... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 6

11:58am Wed 12 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Oh no.... I have to carry shopping bags... try living near the city centre. I never get parked outside my house. Stop complaining and be grateful that work is happening! You know sometimes construction projects are halted due to inclement weather etc....
Oh no.... I have to carry shopping bags... try living near the city centre. I never get parked outside my house. Stop complaining and be grateful that work is happening! You know sometimes construction projects are halted due to inclement weather etc.... Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -3

12:42pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

This is the latest in a line of stories that I saw first on The York Mix.
Poor Press, not what it used to be.

Coming in the Press tomorrow or Friday - Artwork of Scarlet Johanson on wall near City Screen.
This is the latest in a line of stories that I saw first on The York Mix. Poor Press, not what it used to be. Coming in the Press tomorrow or Friday - Artwork of Scarlet Johanson on wall near City Screen. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 3

1:19pm Wed 12 Mar 14

roskoboskovic says...

the worst part is the patronising attitude of these companies thanking the residents for their patience.do they have a choice.
the worst part is the patronising attitude of these companies thanking the residents for their patience.do they have a choice. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 3

4:33pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

Oh dear ! I've been inconvenienced. This is an attack on my personal liberty to do whatever I want whenever I want and at the lowest cost.
Oh dear ! I've been inconvenienced. This is an attack on my personal liberty to do whatever I want whenever I want and at the lowest cost. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 1

11:22am Tue 25 Mar 14

Jimboree123 says...

I am a resident of Portland Street and to add to the frustrations caused by the noisy work and parking inconvenience the vibrations from the tunnelling team cracked the water feed to my house yesterday leaving me without water from 8pm when the header tank ran out. I raised this with Yorkshire Water at 7.45am today and it was working perfectly by 10.45am. I am overjoyed by this excellent level of service, the inconveniences of the sewage works are put into perspective when a family of four is without running water for washing the dishes and flushing the toilet.

Great service where it counts. Looking forward to getting our road back. We all knew a February finish was a bit ambitious.
I am a resident of Portland Street and to add to the frustrations caused by the noisy work and parking inconvenience the vibrations from the tunnelling team cracked the water feed to my house yesterday leaving me without water from 8pm when the header tank ran out. I raised this with Yorkshire Water at 7.45am today and it was working perfectly by 10.45am. I am overjoyed by this excellent level of service, the inconveniences of the sewage works are put into perspective when a family of four is without running water for washing the dishes and flushing the toilet. Great service where it counts. Looking forward to getting our road back. We all knew a February finish was a bit ambitious. Jimboree123
  • Score: 0

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