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Anger at cancellation of essential road works

News that essential road resurfacing work planned for the Foughill Road in Jonesborough has been postponed as the money “is no longer available” has prompted Sinn Fein councillor Liz Kimmins to speak out.

Ms Kimmins says the road surface is in such poor condition that if it isn’t addressed in the immediate future, there will be “very little left” of it to fix.

Voicing her disappointment at the cancelled works, she said: “The Lower Foughill Road is in a dreadful state and is in severe need of urgent resurfacing.  I have contacted the Department for Infrastructure on many occasions regarding this stretch of road and was made aware that money had been made available for the road to be resurfaced and repaired in its entirety.  I am therefore extremely disappointed to now have been told that this funding is no longer available and once again, these works have again been put on the long finger.”

“Motorists are having great difficulties trying to avoid the pot holes along this route, and there will soon be very little left of the road if this issue isn’t addressed in the immediate future,” Councillor Kimmins went on.  “When we are told by the Department that motorists can claim compensation for damage to their vehicles by pot holes, it beggars belief as to why funds that are being used for compensation claims cannot be used more effectively to address the problems causing the damage to vehicles.”