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Downpatrick Residents Get ‘Switched On’ at Phoenix Public Information

05 December 2017

Downpatrick Residents Get ‘Switched On’ at Phoenix Public Information Event

The event took place last Thursday 30th November at the Saint Patrick Visitor Centre and provided an opportunity for locals to meet with representatives from Phoenix Natural Gas and view the planned works maps.

Jonathan Martindale, Director of Communications at Phoenix Natural Gas said, “Phoenix Natural Gas is committed to working with the local community to develop an efficient and practical programme of works that will minimise disruption to the area.


“This event aimed to inform the community about upcoming works and provide a forum for locals to voice their concerns or ask questions. We were delighted to welcome hundreds of visitors and meet the community individually to discuss the programme.


“I was also delighted to welcome a number of key community representatives at the event including South Down MLA, Emma Rogan, and Brendan Kearney from Down Business Connect. Their support in bringing natural gas to the area is greatly appreciated and we look forward to continuing to work with them throughout the construction programme to ensure as smooth process as possible.”


“We were pleased with the positive response we received from Downpatrick residents also, with many attendees choosing to register their interest with us, and it is encouraging to see the enthusiasm for natural gas in the area. Phoenix Natural Gas is now working to bring this fuel choice to home owners in Downpatrick and customers will soon be able to enjoy the many benefits natural gas can bring.”


Local business representative, Brendan Kearney, said, “This is a highly anticipated project for the people of Downpatrick and, having been in continued communication with Phoenix Natural Gas for the past number of months, I am satisfied that the project has been well considered, in line with the needs of the community.


“The construction programme will undoubtedly have an impact on local businesses, however I am committed as a business community representative to work with Phoenix Natural Gas to ensure minimal disruption to businesses in Downpatrick.


“Whilst an element of disruption is inevitable with an infrastructure project of this size, I am confident that the plan presented represents an efficient and safe works programme that considers the historic nature of our town and the requirements of our community.”


“Phoenix Natural Gas is continuing to engage with local community groups, business owners and local schools to minimise disruption and I look forward to continuing this relationship as works get underway to bring this important new utility to the area.”


Phoenix Natural Gas works are scheduled to commence in early January 2018 in the town centre for a period of approximately 12 weeks. Traffic diversions will operate in the area throughout the duration and residents and business owners will be notified directly in advance.