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Having taken up the concerns of Lanark businesses with Scottish Water, Aileen Campbell MSP welcomed the news that the Lanark water mains project would be adjusted so as not to affect trade in the run up to Christmas. Campbell contacted Scottish Water last week urging them to take the needs of the businesses in the town into account in their works planning. Scottish Water confirmed to Aileen that the works would have 7-day working and 12-hour shifts to try to have the project completed by 21st November. If they were to overrun, then the site will be demobilised and the works completed in January.

Aileen said:

"I’m glad to see Scottish Water taking our local businesses’ viewpoints on board. Having been contacted by members of the Lanark business community I immediately got in touch with Scottish Water asking for a bit of common sense in the run up to Christmas, so as not to jeopardise this crucial time of year for the high street. It’s great to see the town’s businesspeople have managed to push for a successful compromise allowing these works to be done without hampering their Christmas trade.

"I know my colleague John Swinney cares passionately about the success of our towns so I’ve contacted him directly so that we can avoid any similar scenarios in the future. By getting more joined up thinking between our public agencies and our businesses we can ensure that future improvements are planned so as to cause a minimal amount of disruption to our retailers."

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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