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DRD Minister delivers good news for Short Strand

16 December, 2010

Sinn Féin Pottinger Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed news from DRD Minister Conor Murphy MP that a number of measures have been taken as a result of his site visit to the Short Strand earlier this year.

Mr Murphy joined Niall and other community representatives Bernie McCrory (Short Strand Community Forum) and Patrick Devlin (Chair – St Matthews Housing Association) on a site visit to the Short Strand area to discuss a number of issues including traffic calming measures in parts of the district; the urgent need for a pedestrian crossing at the bottom of the Newtonards Road and the future use of the Translink bus depot.

Speaking today Niall said;

“I have received information from the Minister indicating that our request for a pedestrian crossing at the bottom of the Newtonards Road is to be added to the departments priority list for implementation which is good news for the community.

For many people, particularly elderly residents, who have to cross two very difficult junctions to access the doctors surgery at the City East building, this work cant happen soon enough and while acknowledging budget constraints on DRD, we would like to see this work completed urgently before someone is seriously injured.

Conor also confirmed that he hopes to see traffic calming measures implemented in both Bryson and Madrid Streets early in the next financial year. I have no doubt residents, especially those with young families, will be glad to see this work completed.

Another key issue of concern from residents and one that we raised with Conor and officials from his department, is the vast amount of Heavy Goods Vehicles using the Mountpottinger Road as a ‘rat-run’.

Conor has instructed Roads Service to meet with Translink to explore taking this issue forward in a way that won’t disrupt the current bus service. I also intend to meet with Translink to stress to them the very real concern from residents about the potential for injury as a result of the amount of HGV’s currently using the Mount.” CRÍOCH

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