Clarke asks NIE to carry out street survey

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has requested Northern Ireland electricity (NIE) conduct a survey of all buildings along Main Street Dundrum to inspect outside electricity cables for insulation damage running along the top frontage.

Clarke said he has already made representations to NIE who own and maintain the meters and wiring to inspect the exterior wiring due to pieces of insulation on electricity cables along the Main Street showing deterioration as well as wear and tear.

Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated: “I have made written representations to Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) who own and maintain the meters and electricity wiring to carry out a full street inspection of all exterior electricity cables attached to the top frontage of buildings along Main Street Dundrum. The majority of buildings along Main Street Dundrum are listed and it has been noted that some pieces of the insulation outside along certain sections are badly worn, missing and damaged, and it was felt by some residents that this posed a real risk to anyone working on the outside of buildings.”

“I am aware that NIE have previously carried out repairs to some buildings periodically along Main Street to replace exterior electricity cables which have become damaged through age, wear and tear and the buildings being along the coast subjected to the weather elements. In the interests of health and safety I have therefore requested NIE to conduct a full street survey of Main Street Dundrum and to advise me what their plan is to repair any damaged exterior electricity cables.”

He added, “I have asked NIE to conduct the street survey both as a precautionary and health and safety measure to identify any buildings along Main Street which NIE may not be aware that have damaged insulation on outside electricity cables.”

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