Still time for farmers to register for snow clearing duty
Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that time still exists for farmers to register for snow clearing duties over the winter period.
Mr. McAleer said,
“Last night we seen the first flurries of snow across the North and the Road Service were out keeping roads open. However no matter how hard they try it is impossible for them to service every road especially in rural areas as there is over 7000km of main roads alone.
“Last year we seen a heavy snow fall so it is therefore important that we maximise the amount of people and equipment available to clear snow in times of adverse weather. In recent years farmers have proved invaluable in keeping rural roads opens as DRD can only maintain main roads.
“The Department of Regional Development is now compiling a register of farmers who have the proper equipment and are willing to participate in the snow clearing scheme.
“At present there is over 100 farmers registered but in order to cover the maximum number of roads we need more farmers and rural dwellers to sign up.
“I would urge farmers who have relevant equipment to get registered which will help the Department preplan for adverse weather in the coming winter as they can coordinate a response through the register.
“Farmers can register by contacting DRD Road Service at the following regional office e-mail addresses