Bradley raises Slieve Gullion concerns with Roads Minister

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Friday, July 20th, 2012
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SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley MLA has spoke of local residents concerns about road safety at the newly opened play park at Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

Bradley, who raised his concerns directly with Roads Minister Danny Kennedy MLA at a meeting recently said, “The addition of the new state of the art new park provision at Slieve Gullion Courtyard is a fabulous amenity for the local community and it has been an overnight success with people travelling from near and far to use the facility. The problem is the new facility is so successful the volumes of traffic on the road is unprecedented.”

“In the days and weeks since the park was opened my colleague Councillor Geraldine Donnelly and I have been inundated with calls from the local community raising concerns about a number of issues at the park, first it was the lack of litter bins and toilet provision which have now been resolved however subsequently the concerns are over the volumes of trafficking using the site.”

SDLP Slieve Gullion Councillor Donnelly explained, “For many years there has been little or no play provision for the community in South Armagh and I am delighted to see this very much needed facility up and running. However, the concerns of local residents and indeed those using the park must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

“Primarily, the issue of concern is that the main entrance to Slieve Gullion Forest Park is on a dangerous bend and with the ever increasing traffic makes this particular junction even more dangerous. Whilst there is already existing signage in the area warning of the entrance, we now need to see a more robust way of drawing the attention of motorists to the fact there is an entrance to a play park.”

Donnelly continued, “This is a rural area and way outside the 30mph speed limits but I have asked Roads Service at a recent meeting to investigate the provision of improved road safety measures at this site, and suggested they provide rumple strips on the road or indeed alternative surfaces to draw attention to the entrance. These works must be done as a matter of urgency and I am pleased my colleague Dominic Bradley MLA raised the issue directly with the minister whilst at the same time I was raising the issue with Council and Roads Service Officials.”

“In the coming weeks officials are to report back on proposed options for this location,” she added.


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