Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Now, students are to blame for our blocked drains, too

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The response from Roads Service (Write Back, October 13) suggests that there is nothing wrong with the cleaning of gullies and corrects a previous report by quoting statistics, the typical modern response from a body from within that which I think used to be called the public service.

However, based upon my observations during my walks home from work, I suggest that everything is not as good as the statistics would suggest and there is a significant number of gullies that have not been cleaned out for some considerable time, let alone twice per year.

Maybe the Roads Service should be asking for the location of the offending gullies to be made known to them. Appropriate corrective action could then be organised and that would be public service.

On the other hand, it is only a number of weeks ago that I saw an example of the problems that the gully cleaners have.

They came to our road just a matter of days after the return of the Queen's University students to Belfast.

Queen's does not provide car parking for the students resident in Queen's Elms.

The students, and employees and contractors, are then forced to park in the neighbouring roads.

This stops access to the gullies, they cannot be cleaned. University cars also prevent the effective cleaning of the roads.

Terence Eagleson, Belfast

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