Here’s an important letter to the Community Council from Scottish Water announcing an upcoming road closure of the A834 in late January of 2022 to allow improvements to be made to the main sewer that serves the village.
As you will recall from our helpful conversation earlier in the year, Scottish Water needs to carry out some essential work on our sewer network in Strathpeffer to ensure it can continue to serve customers and protect the local environment for the years ahead.
When we spoke earlier in the year, we had hoped the work might be able to take place before the end of the year, but further discussions with our supply chain and others have identified that the best opportunity is for the work to take place from the end of January into February.
As you might recall, the most challenging aspect of this work is the need to close the A834, close to the foot of Garden House Brae where there is unfortunately no local diversion route that is feasible. Further work at this particularly difficult location is needed to resolve a constraint where the sewer passes a concrete-encased electricity cable and address a significant potential risk of blockages and flooding.
We recognise that our work will cause disruption and we will do all we reasonably can in order to reduce this to a minimum. We have planned the work to begin in late January in order to avoid impacting on the Christmas period, the annual Strathpuffer event or the busiest time for tourism.
With our contractor, we are seeking to minimise the period of the closure and to ensure we can maintain access to nearby homes. We are engaging with the Highland Council Roads Department to plan for a road closure with a duration of up to 3 weeks, but if the work can be completed any faster then we will seek to do this. We are also getting in touch with the school, community centre, doctors’ surgery and bus operator to ensure that appropriate arrangements are made; and that safe pedestrian access is available.
Once we have formalised our plans, we will write to residents and businesses with the key information that they may need. We would also be happy to attend a community council meeting if that would be helpful, either before the end of the year or in January.
In the past, we have also engaged with representatives of the Strathpeffer business community, but the contact details we hold don’t appear to be up-to-date. If there is an active business association in the village that we could usefully engage with, I would be very grateful indeed if you were able to put us back in touch.
We are committed to working closely with our alliance partner and with the community to reduce the inconvenience caused by this essential work as far as we can. We will keep you informed of our progress, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there are any questions that we can help with in the meantime.