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Roads Service told to sort out potholes


Councillor Simon Hamilton

Councillor Simon Hamilton

Councillor Simon Hamilton

Politicians in North Down and Ards have called on the Department for Regional Development (DRD) to address the number of potholes that have appeared on local roads over the past few months.

Councillor Alex Easton and Alderman Jim Shannon said the issue was a serious one which needed sorting. Mr Easton said: “My office has been inundated with complaints about the state of the roads in Kilcooley, Rathgill, Cleland area, Albany and Beechfield, Donaghadee.

“I will be seeking immediate assurances from the Roads Service and the Minister for Regional Development (Conor Murphy) that potholes will be filled in and that roads will be brought up to standard.”

Mr Shannon added: “The roads in Ards have experienced a level of deterioration that is totally unacceptable.

“People have told me that they have had tyres, rims and suspensions in their cars damaged, and indeed one vehicle ended up in a hole of at least three to four inches deep and wrecked their vehicle completely.”

A spokeswoman for DRD said there had been no change to a statement released by the Minister in January when he announced that Roads Service had “undertaken a series of regular inspections and condition surveys to ensure the road network is maintained to defined standards and that serious road defects are detected and repaired”.

However, one area where work is scheduled to commence soon is the Dermott estate in Comber.

Sections of Dermott Park, Dermott Road and Dermott Avenue have been earmarked for resurfacing in the coming weeks.

Councillor Simon Hamilton said the poor state of the roads in the Dermott area was something he had consistently lobbied Roads Service about in recent months.

“The combination of works by various utility companies and the effect of the winter weather have resulted in some dreadful road surfaces,” Mr Hamilton said.

“I very much welcome the decision by DRD Roads Surface to respond positively to these requests and to begin resurfacing large sections of Dermott Road, Dermott Park and Dermott Avenue.

“It is also good news that instead of merely filling in potholes, DRD Roads Service has agreed to undertake a more substantial repair with resurfacing enveloping the entire width of the road, resulting in a much more even surface.

“In the long term, it is still important that the roads and footpaths in the Dermott area are given a comprehensive resurface and I will continue to lobby for this whenever funds become available.”

A DRD Roads Service spokesperson said the work would be carried out “in the new financial year”.

Meanwhile, Roads Service has also confirmed it is to carry out work to tackle flooding at the Glen Link/Belfast Road junction of the town.

A small section of the road at the junction has caused continuous problems over the years with sustained, heavy downpours of rain causing severe flooding and posing severe dangers for drivers.

“After a request from my Comber advice centre, I am glad that DRD Roads Service have agreed to clean and jet the gullies at this junction,” Mr Hamilton said.

“I hope that this work by DRD will drastically improve the situation at Glen Link.”

Belfast Telegraph