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Heading: Roads Service has not learned the lessons of the past

SDLP Councillor Brian Heading has said that the Roads Service has not learned the lessons from previous spells of bad weather and has again left housing estates such as Lagmore Mount Eagles area at the risk of being cut off due to ice. Councillor Heading asked if the Department of Regional Development had mutual agreement for sharing of resources for periods of severe weather.

He said: “The Roads Service has again been caught on the hop, leaving some housing estates with severe difficulties. Emergency services would have great difficulty getting access to the Lagmore Mount Eagles area as the roads have not been gritted.

“The last thing anyone in the area wants is a repeat of 2013, when residents in Mount Eagles were cut off for three days. There is only one road into and out of this estate. If this is blocked, or impassable, traffic to the estate will be cut off again.”

Councillor Heading questioned whether or not the Department of Regional Development had a mutual agreement with the National Roads Authority in the Republic for support during periods of severe weather.

He said:  “If there is agreement then the next steps should be taken to make our roads safer. If there is no such agreement, the department and the Roads Service should implement one immediately. The sharing of resources during these periods of bad weather would go a long way to keeping our roads safe.

“I am talking to the SDLP DRD Spokesperson John Dallat MLA in relation to mutual agreement.” 

Cllr Brian Heading

Email
cllrheading@sdlp.ie
Tel
07854 365833

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