IAN HART: Essential gas works bring a chill to the spine

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For those living in and around Broadwater the words “essential gas works” will bring a chill to the spine regardless of the traditional winter weather.

With a major part of the works taking place outside my office in Broadwater there have been occasions where I could have sold tickets to spectate such has been the entertainment.

It started back in August when they were originally at the planning stage, something I first noticed when there were about eight men milling around outside my front door, bedecked in high-vis jackets with accompanying clip boards.

At the time, I thought it was a little early for carol singing, though albeit adhering to health and safety, and when I asked what was going on it was almost as if I’d breached the official secrets act.

That really set the tone for what we believed to be for the next eight weeks of works (also read disruption) although I believe that particular deadline has come and gone.

There’s no doubt the men at the coal face so to speak have worked extremely hard, but I will like many others, be pleased to see the back of the work.

As mere mortals we will probably never learn how essential the work actually was, although I’m sure it will be probably used in general terms as mitigation the next time the gas prices rise.

n Belt and braces – a wonderful mantra that has operated in this country for generations.

And once again its importance was highlighted when the entire computer system crashed at Worthing Borough Council.

Amongst the services affected was the booking system at the crematorium, which is totally dependent on the computer system. Thankfully this was not the case at the cemeteries department in Lancing, where staff insisted at the time when the computer switch over was made, that they still maintained a manual booking record.

Needless to say their initial cautious approach to progress was vindicated the other week.

Take a bow ladies...