The new Labour councillors for Kings Chase ward today met up with managers from Bristol Water to be briefed on the progress made and the work still needed following a major water main burst last September that affected residents at Fisher Road in Kingswood. Labour councillor Bill Bowrey, who has since retired, was quickly on the scene on the evening of the incident and helped distribute essential provisions and liaised with the council’s senior officials.
The burst water main resulted in some of the residents having to be moved out of their homes, but they have now all returned following refurbishment.
This morning the area’s three councillors, April Begley, Martin Farmer and Kim Scudamore, who were elected two weeks ago, along with the local MP, had the chance to survey the current situation with water board bosses, and met some of the residents affected.
The councillors heard that on the evening of the incident, the fire brigade had to take control as there was a danger of leaking gas which may have caused the incident to escalate. Bristol Water had to find alternative accommodation for a number of residents, ensuring that whilst they were away from home they were still in close contact with relatives, friends and their support network. Bristol Water is progressively replacing water mains which are of a similar age to the one in Fisher Road, but the whole programme of work will take many years to complete.
Speaking after the visit, the councillors said:
“This has been a very disruptive time for the residents involved so we are pleased that everybody is now back in their homes. This was a major incident for the Kings Chase ward and as the new team of councillors we are very keen to hear first hand from the residents, and to get involved in supporting the local community in whatever way we can.”