‘Newry roundabouts in dreadful condition’ – McGinn

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Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Fews area Sinn Fein Councillor Pat McGinn has said that the dreadful condition of the roundabouts on the Armagh and Dublin Roads does nothing at all to build the self esteem of local residents or attract visitors to the area. Speaking to Newry Times, McGinn blasted, “The dire state of repair these roundabouts are in is not only dangerous for motorists and pedestrians alike, but also creates a very poor image of the surrounding area, and sends out a message of negativity. Roads Service has failed miserably in addressing the issue. “Local people point to the maintenance of the various roundabouts by Newry & Mourne Council staff, which are colourful and welcoming, yet no such arrangement can be agreed for many of our large roundabouts, particularly those situated along the bypass.” McGinn continued, “There is a general feeling that Roads Service do not see this issue as a priority, often claiming budget restraints as the main obstacle. The cost of this type of maintenance should not only be counted financially as I believe that benefits such as the well being, safety and self esteem of local communities and the economic benefits through attracting people into the area, must be factored in.” McGinn concluded by stating that he had written to Roads Minister Danny Kennedy asking him for his views on the issue and the commitment to resolving it.
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