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Melmount works were unauthorised

OVERNIGHT road works on the Melmount Road which left local residents sleepless, frustrated and annoyed were entirely unauthorised, the Strabane Chronicle can confirm.

Householders were unexpectedly disturbed on the night of June 12 by a high volume of machinery emanating from what many believed was linked to the Gas to the West project. However it has since transpired that the works in question were undertaken by Virgin Media.

At the time, some concerned and disgruntled residents went to find out was going on and were told by the contractors that work would be completed soon.

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However works continued on into the early hours of June 13, in a sleepless night for many.

It has also since transpired that neither local residents nor the Department for Infrastructure were notified that the works were taking place.

A spokesperson for Department for Infrastructure (DfI) told this paper that the department had, “no prior knowledge of unauthorised telecommunications cabling work being undertaken by a third party contractor at Melmount Road.”

Raising the matter with the contractors senior management the DfI said, “We have been given assurances that there will not be a recurrence and that all procedures will be adhered to.”

It is further believed the company has been informed that such works can only be carried out during daytime hours and or at the weekend.

Virgin Media, who were responsible for the overnight works and the disruption were asked for a comment but have not responded to the query.

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