Gas leak forces supply shut down
NATIONAL Grid has confirmed that a leak in the main supply of gas to Scunthorpe’s Trent View House has forced them to shut down the supply.
Following an inspection by National Grid engineers this afternoon (Thursday 10 November 2016), it has been established that extensive work is now needed to re-pipe the gas supply. Initial indications from National Grid suggest this work may take up to one week.
Residents in the 78 flats will be without gas for the duration of the work.
The problem came to light when a resident reported the smell of gas earlier today.
National Grid staff are currently arranging a mail drop to inform residents and will be offering temporary heaters and cooking facilities for all households that need them.
John Lawrence, Head of Housing Management, said: “We know this is going to cause significant disruption to those living in Trent View House. Any gas leak is a serious situation which is why it is essential that National Grid carry out this work straight away.
“We will be keeping in close contact with the engineers to ensure residents are kept updated and we are assured they will try and get this essential work completed as quickly as possible.
“In the meantime, I urge anyone who has any welfare issues or is worried about a vulnerable tenant to contact us.”
It is anticipated that engineers will need to access every property within Trent View House during the course of this work.
Update at 9am, 11/11/2016
NATIONAL Grid engineers are assessing the fault with the gas supply affecting Trent View House to determine the scale of the work required.
It may be that the fault can be repaired without the need for a full re-pipe but at the moment we are waiting to hear their decision.
Meanwhile, all the residents have now been contacted and supplied with heaters and cooking facilities where required.
This fault, and the repair of it, is in the hands of National Grid, however, we are in regular touch with engineers and will keep residents updated when we have further news.
If tenants have any welfare concerns they are being advised to give us a call.
Update at 1.30pm,11/11/2016
We have received further information from the National Grid and can now confirm that only 26 of the 78 flats in Trent View House are affected by the loss of their gas supply, due to a leak identified yesterday (Thursday 10 November).
However, we recognise the disruption this still causes to those households and we will continue to provide updates as and when we receive them from the National Grid engineers.
Everything is being done by them to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.