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Wales & West Utilities has assured organisers of the Rhiwbina Festival that its £2 million investment work in the village will not affect the plans and the show will go on!

The gas emergency and pipeline service has been upgrading gas pipes in Rhiwbina since September last year and has worked closely with residents and event organisers throughout its time in the area. This move to accommodate the festival comes after the company recently changed its plans to allow the Rhiwbina Fun Run to go ahead without disruption. 


Left & right: festival organisers Eleanor Sanders and Simon Poulson with our programme controller Adam Smith

The news has been met with great delight by Simon Poulson, a member of the Rhiwbina Village Events Committee, who said: 

“We are thrilled that Wales & West Utilities have, once again, worked kindly to accommodate our plans. This festival is a firm fixture in our calendar of events and we are all delighted that the gas investment programme won’t impact the success of the festival.

"On behalf of the organising committee and the residents of Rhiwbina I’d like to extend my thanks to Wales & West Utilities for doing all they can to help us.”

 Wales & West Utilities is currently working on Fairbrook Close and Wenallt Road between Cefn Graig and Coed Y Wenallt. It is also upgrading gas pipes on Beulah Road and, as a main street in the festival, the company will ensure that this area is clear of all engineering work ahead of the event.

Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller, Adam Smith, said:

“Our priority is to complete the work in the village as quickly as possible and with minimal disruption to local homes and businesses. We’ve worked closely with the local community so we’re aware of planned events and can make sure they run as smoothly as possible by adapting and re-planning our work programme. 

“We want to wish the organisers every success with the festival and we hope that everyone enjoys it.”

The festival will take place on Saturday 1 July. Starting at 11am it will offer live music, entertainment, shopping and various competitions. It will also feature a parade and promises to be a fun-filled event for everyone.

 In planning the scheme, Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with The City of Cardiff Council to minimise the disruption caused. All businesses in the area are open as usual throughout our work.

This essential work is part of the company’s multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to new long-lasting plastic ones with a lifespan of more than 80 years, to make sure we can keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses and prepare the gas network for the future.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, takes pride in serving Wales and the south west of England. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.