Road closure causes anger among residents

October 30, 2012

Sinn Féin Councillor Colman Burns has contacted the Roads Service Department to express his dissatisfaction and frustration at the continued and extended closure of the Cregganduff Road, to facilitate the laying of a water pipe line.

Councillor Burns revealed that Council were informed by Northern Ireland Water last August that the road would be closed from September 3rd until October 10th, on weekdays from 8am to 6pm.

Despite these assurances, the road remains closed, much to the annoyance of local residents, according to Mr Burns.

“Unfortunately, these dates were not adhered to and we have a situation whereby road works continue along the road and the road remains closed after 6pm and throughout the weekends – in breach of the agreed closure times.”

The councillor continued,

“I spoke to Road Service officials, on Tuesday last, 23rd October, to stress the frustration from road users at this continuing breach of the agreed closure dates and times. I stressed how important it was to get this situation remedied as soon as possibl, given the fact that there are thriving businesses along the Cregganduff Road, such as Ashfield Golf Course and Restaurant, that are dependent on easy access to their premises, especially at the weekends.

Road Service said that they were unaware of these breaches and would investigate the issues. I am hopeful that the situation can be remedied and the residents and businesses can get some relief from the present unacceptable position they find themselves in.”

A Roads Service Spokesperson told The Examiner,

“Roads Service is aware of the issues regarding the NIW scheme at Cregganduff Road and is currently consulting with them and their contractors to seek improvement in this regard.”