Councillor praises University support during road closure

Friday 18 March 2016


Fife Councillor Tim Brett has praised efforts by the University of St Andrews to support local residents affected by the road closure at Guardbridge.

As part of the development of a £25 million Green Energy Centre on the site of the old paper mill, Main Street Guardbridge is closed to through traffic until 8 April.

Councillor Brett (pictured) said: “Over the past few weeks I have been contacted by a number of constituents who have experienced difficulties as a result of the road being closed at Guardbridge and I am aware of others who have been in direct contact with the University.

“On one occasion a mother had to get her child who had suddenly been taken ill to the community hospital in St Andrews by taxi incurring a large fare in the process. I took up her case with the University and they reimbursed her immediately.

tim_brett_mainbody‌“I know of other cases where the University and their contractors have stepped in to support those with disabilities or illnesses who have been affected by the road closure.

“I also know that they are supporting local businesses, by finding alternative premises, putting trade their way or supplying free marketing materials.

“I appreciate that the closure of the road at Guardbridge has caused disruption for many who live in the local area and for commuters travelling to and from St Andrews, but I am reassured that the University has done a good job to engage and communicate with communities and has reacted quickly to help the vulnerable who have been affected.

“The road closure has undoubtedly inconvenienced many and I am pleased to hear that work is on schedule. However, I am convinced the investment in the Green Energy Centre at Guardbridge will breathe new life into the Guardbridge area and create jobs.”

Notes to news editors

The University of St Andrews is investing £25 million in a Green Energy Centre at the former paper mill in Guardbridge. The Centre will produce hot water from a biomass boiler using clean, natural fuels. The hot water will be pumped underground from Guardbridge to St Andrews where it will heat university buildings.

Main Street Guardbridge was closed to through traffic on Monday 15 February for pipe laying work. The road will reopen on Friday 08 April 2016. The work is on schedule.

The Green Energy Centre will protect jobs by reducing the University’s energy costs by the equivalent of about 120 salaries and reduce carbon emissions by 6000 tonnes per annum.

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office, contactable on 01334 467310 or [email protected].

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