Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy, (Mid Ulster) has expressed concern at Roads Service cuts being contemplated by DRD minister Danny Kennedy.
Mr Molloy said:
“Any reduction in clearing gullies and road repairs has the potential to increase road traffic accidents and could cost lives.
“Recent flooding across the Mid Ulster constituency was severe, particularly around Magherafelt and Moneymore, and electric supplies are off-line in many other areas.
“The minister is quite aware of the problems that arise following torrential rain with our drainage systems too often unable to cope with it.
“I am therefore concerned to hear reports that Minister Kennedy is contemplating cutting back on clearing gullies, street lighting repairs and other maintenance as a result of budgetary pressures.
“As we face into the autumn with leaves falling and blocking drains any heavy or prolonged periods of rain could quickly lead to increased flooding risks.
“This poses not just a risk to property but more significantly it poses a risk to life. Traffic on roads where water cannot clear due to blocked gullies substantially increases the risk of road collisions and potential fatalities.
“I call on the Minister to stop playing with people’s lives in his grandstanding over budgets with the Finance Minister.”