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Sinn Féin MLA says agencies response to flooding report is premature and unhelpful

2 August, 2012 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey said the response by NI Water and the Roads Service to the interim report by Belfast City Council into the flooding on June 27th was at best premature and unhelpful.

The South Belfast MLA said:

“The response by these two agencies is at best premature. They have been asked by the Executive to compile a report into the flooding and that is what they should be concentrating on.

“I have had meetings with residents and representatives of the agencies and I am getting the impression, as are the residents, that there is no sense of urgency in finding solutions to the flooding.

“Residents are not inspired with confidence that the agencies are taking this matter as seriously and urgently as is necessary. Until that report is handed to the Executive with proposals for solving this recurring problem then they should hold their own council.

“Residents and local businesses had not only to deal with the misery suffered by the flooding but they were also outraged by the response and lack of co-ordination from the agencies.

“These premature comments are unhelpful and the agencies need to concentrate on compiling their report for the Executive of what went wrong and solutions to make sure it does not happen again.”

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