Scarborough left off gas company’s map

Roadworks due to gas projects on Scalby Road, and below, the map that omits Scarborough
Roadworks due to gas projects on Scalby Road, and below, the map that omits Scarborough
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SCARBOROUGH is off the map – quite literally, according to a gas company.

Despite carrying out extensive gas works in Scarborough which have driven motorists to despair in recent months and years, Northern Gas Networks left the town off a regional map on its 2012 calendar.

The Northern gas calendar which omits any reference to Scarborough. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 120148'06/01/12

The Northern gas calendar which omits any reference to Scarborough. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 120148'06/01/12

The shock omission came despite the fact that smaller towns, such as Cockermouth, Thirsk, Beverley and Whitehaven, all made the cut.

A spokesman for Northern Gas Networks said that no offence had been meant by missing Scarborough off the map.

He added: “There are bigger towns, such as Hartlepool, that are also not included. It was not designed to be a snub in any way.

“Not all of the towns and cities could fit. It is a fairly small calendar.

“Many places were included because they mark the perimeter of our network area, with some central ones included too.

“We value all of our stakeholders in the North Yorkshire area. If anyone was offended we apologise.”

Filey and Whitby were also left off the Northern Gas Networks map.

The company has carried out a number of major engineering projects in Scarborough, most commonly to replace ageing gas mains.

Part of Eastborough was shut for three weeks in November as a new gas main was connected to the existing network.

Falsgrave Road has also been hit in recent months, with the road being reduced to one lane in places by the gas company.

Motorists using Falsgrave also suffered during 2010, when extensive work was carried out on two occasions, causing disruption which lasted for months.

Between August and October last year, Northern Gas Networks engineers disrupted motorists in Scalby Road, while in November 2010, completion of work in Victoria Road was delayed.