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Meigh community rally to highlight speeding traffic concerns

Residents of Meigh came out in force on Saturday to highlight their heightened concerns regarding the ongoing issue of speeding traffic through the village and call on the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) to urgently address the issue.

A street rally was followed by an open public meeting where local councillors listened to concerns and pledged support.

The move was prompted by a collision between a car and a minibus on Tuesday last, the latest in a series of serious accidents at what has become a notorious accident blackspot in the village.

The crash happened less than 24 hours after political representatives met with DfI calling for active measures to be taken to address speeding motorists.  This followed a door-to-door campaign, seeking signatures on a petition to be submitted to DfI on behalf of local residents.  Other proactive measures included erecting signs warning motorists to slow down.

Political representatives, including Sinn Fein’s Liz Kimmons and Independent Councillor Gavin Malone, have been to the fore in supporting the community’s call, helping to deliver more than 400 leaflets to homes in the area with details ahead of Saturday’s protest.

Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has said that the big turnout at the protest rally was a clear statement to Roads Service about the depth of concern local residents had in relation to traffic speed and road management safety issues.

The local Councillor, who has long been lobbying for action to be taken to address the concerns, said: “This fantastic  turnout at the community rally this morning in Meigh, clearly shows the depth of feeling and concern there is.

“ I have been working on this issue for a number of years now and there have been several serious collisions at this location, the most recent being last Tuesday just 24 hours after I had met with Department for Infrastructure (DfI)officials to again highlight this problem and request they reconsider their previous decisions to do nothing”.

Highlighting the issues of concern Cllr Kimmins explained, “This is a matter of life and death, it is an extremely busy junction as we saw first hand this morning, with cars approaching the village from a 60mph stretch of road into a 30mph zone, and a lot don’t slow down.

“One of the key issues faced by motorists is that people from outside the area do not even realise it is a crossroads and are driving straight through, which has been the cause of many of these collisions.

“I have also asked Newry Mourne and Down District Council to look at this as part of the environmental impact scheme which has been planned to regenerate the village and this has been tabled for discussion at our meeting on 29/08/19.

“In terms of Road Safety, I have also asked for this to be dicussed at the next meeting of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, to see what support and assistance the local policing teams can provide on this issue.

Ms Kimmons praised all involved for ensuring that the issue will be kept high on the agenda: “It was great to see other councillors now coming on board in support of this cause.  The residents have had enough and we need to work in partnership to send a strong message to the statutory bodies that enough is enough,” she added. Residents of Meigh came out in force on Saturday to highlight their heightened concerns regarding the ongoing issue of speeding traffic through the village and call on the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) to urgently address the issue.

A street rally was followed by an open public meeting where local councillors listened to concerns and pledged support.

The move was prompted by a collision between a car and a minibus on Tuesday last, the latest in a series of serious accidents at what has become a notorious accident blackspot in the village.

The crash happened less than 24 hours after political representatives met with DfI calling for active measures to be taken to address speeding motorists.  This followed a door-to-door campaign, seeking signatures on a petition to be submitted to DfI on behalf of local residents.  Other proactive measures included erecting signs warning motorists to slow down.

Political representatives, including Sinn Fein’s Liz Kimmons and Independent Councillor Gavin Malone, have been to the fore in supporting the community’s call, helping to deliver more than 400 leaflets to homes in the area with details ahead of Saturday’s protest.

Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has said that the big turnout at the protest rally was a clear statement to Roads Service about the depth of concern local residents had in relation to traffic speed and road management safety issues.

The local Councillor, who has long been lobbying for action to be taken to address the concerns, said: “This fantastic  turnout at the community rally this morning in Meigh, clearly shows the depth of feeling and concern there is.

“ I have been working on this issue for a number of years now and there have been several serious collisions at this location, the most recent being last Tuesday just 24 hours after I had met with Department for Infrastructure (DfI)officials to again highlight this problem and request they reconsider their previous decisions to do nothing”.

Highlighting the issues of concern Cllr Kimmins explained, “This is a matter of life and death, it is an extremely busy junction as we saw first hand this morning, with cars approaching the village from a 60mph stretch of road into a 30mph zone, and a lot don’t slow down.

“One of the key issues faced by motorists is that people from outside the area do not even realise it is a crossroads and are driving straight through, which has been the cause of many of these collisions.

“I have also asked Newry Mourne and Down District Council to look at this as part of the environmental impact scheme which has been planned to regenerate the village and this has been tabled for discussion at our meeting on 29/08/19.

“In terms of Road Safety, I have also asked for this to be dicussed at the next meeting of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, to see what support and assistance the local policing teams can provide on this issue.

Ms Kimmons praised all involved for ensuring that the issue will be kept high on the agenda: “It was great to see other councillors now coming on board in support of this cause.  The residents have had enough and we need to work in partnership to send a strong message to the statutory bodies that enough is enough,” she added.