Johnsdale residents accuse gas company of stalling on green row
A COMMUNITY has reacted angrily after a much-anticipated meeting between the district council and a gas company failed to resolve the issue surrounding the firm's equipment on a green.
Tandridge District Council is working with Southern Gas Networks (SGN) to find an alternative site for the gas governor in Johnsdale, Hurst Green, which residents say is unsightly and prevents them holding events on their green.
The equipment was installed last autumn without consulting residents and Surrey County Council has said it must be relocated.
It was hoped the long-standing matter would be resolved after last Thursday's meeting but this has not been the case.
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Janet Brown, from the Johnsdale Residents Association said there was a view coming out of the meeting that SGN was not exploring enough alternatives, and was stalling on the issue.
She added: "SGN reiterated their commitment to remove the governor from the green in Johnsdale but only when a suitable alternative site has been agreed. There was a view at the meeting that SGN had not fully explored all potential sites."
Retired Johnsdale resident Martin Lloyd, 59, said people living in the street were disappointed things were still not moving as fast as the way they wanted.
He added: "I think there's an element of stalling and there's not much evidence coming to Johnsdale residents that we're being kept informed of what's being said in meetings."
Southern Gas Networks spokeswoman Laura Varney said: "After very helpful discussions with Surrey County Council and Tandridge District Council we are now exploring several new suitable alternative locations for our gas governor.
"We now have the confidence that we can secure an alternative site and are in a position to remove the governor."