St Helena : St Helena Update on Jamestown’s Main Street
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 05.05.2012 (Article Archived on 19.05.2012)
As part of the planning for Jamestown Main Street, St Helena Tourism has held positive talks with utility providers so that any underground works could be co-ordinated, with utility works carried out at the same time that pavement improvements were being made.
St Helena Update on Jamestown’s Main Street
As part of the planning for Jamestown Main Street, St Helena Tourism has held positive talks with utility providers so that any underground works could be co-ordinated, with utility works carried out at the same time that pavement improvements were being made. This co-ordination has meant, for example, that ducting for electricity is already being laid as part of the project.
Recent discussions between Cable and Wireless and SHG have led to proposals for a fibre- optic network to be laid through Jamestown in order to provide local residents, businesses and SHG with improved digital services. These discussions have reached an advanced stage, and Tourism has been asked to establish whether works can be further co-ordinated in Main Street to minimise any disruption to the public and to businesses. The last thing anyone wants to see is newly laid pavements being lifted in a few months in order to lay fibre-optic cables.
As a result of this pre-planning, SHG and Tourism have temporarily halted works to the pavements in Main Street, whilst specialist ducting is ordered from overseas for the fibre-optic network. This will mean that disruption is kept to a minimum, with only one set of works laying two sets of ducting and enhancing the pavements in Main Street. This temporary halt is more than offset by the advantages (and cost savings) achieved in carrying out only one set of works and providing Jamestown with the digital infrastructure it needs.
The recent arrival of the RMS has meant that tint for the paving slabs to be used in Main Street has arrived, and fabrication of these slabs is now underway. This means the work outside New Porteous House will shortly be completed.
All parties are committed to ensuring that work starts again at the earliest opportunity, with the public kept fully informed ahead of the planned restart.
1 May 2012