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Downpatrick flooding needs resolved once and for all

17 April, 2013 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has called on Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to resolve the issue of flooding on Downpatrick once and for all.

 Mr. Hazzard said,

“There is obviously a major problem with the sewage network in Downpatrick that is causing flooding at times of heavy rain and this needs to be addressed as a priority.

 “As the county town it is unacceptable that Downpatrick not only has to face constant traffic gridlock on a daily basis but also the threat of flooding every time we get wet weather.

 “The local council must also take some responsibility in keeping the drains clear and cannot afford to sit in their new multi million pound office looking over Downpatrick doing nothing while people are suffering from flooding.

 “Traders and households have again be left with large bills in order to remove raw sewage from their premises and I am calling on the Minister to instigate an emergency payment to these people similar to the level that was given out in previous flooding last year.

 “I will now be requesting a meeting with the Minister Danny Kennedy to demand that we find a permanent solution to this sewage problem once and for all so that the people of Downpatrick can find peace of mind during wet weather.”

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