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Roads Service budget cuts disastrous for road safety in rural areas - Clarke

23 May, 2006

Omagh Sinn Féin Councillor Seán Clarke says that, unless reversed, the disastrous impact of massive cuts to this years Road's Service budget will be most acutely felt in rural areas like Gortin, Greencastle and Knockmoyle where already poor roads will fall into an increasing state of disrepair.

Cllr Clarke said,

"With a 69.3% cut in the overall Road's Service budget for this financial year compared to last year, it is difficult to see what hope there will be in trying to force Road's Service to respond to lobbying to carry out much-needed upgrading to many roads in the Gortin, Greencastle and Knockmoyle areas.

"Despite having a more healthy budget for the last financial year, little priority was given to this area so I dread to think what is in store for us this year.

"For example, despite repeated representations from myself, Road's Service has still failed to secure the completion of the verge strengthening scheme on the Croghanbuoy Road between Creggan Crossroads and Greencastle.  Likewise, the scheme to upgrade the Glenpark Road out of Gortin has been left in an unfinished state.  If old schemes from last year have been left in this way it would be difficult for Roads Service to convince me that we will see any improvement this year given its massively reduced budget.

"This situation is completely unacceptable, particularly in terms of the impact it will have on diminishing road safety in the area.  Given that other rural areas will be similarly affected because of these cuts, I will be seeking the backing of Council to take affirmative action to have these cuts reversed."ENDS

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