‘Tourism needs tidier roads’ – McKevitt

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has said unkempt and rubbish-strewn verges on our approach roads will not help to build our tourism offering. Speaking to Newry Times, she said: “I noticed in just one short trip recently that the grass has not been cut for some time on the road from Sheepbridge into Newry or on the central reservation of the Warrenpoint dual carriageway. “I don’t know if rubbish is only lifted in connection with grass-cutting but there certainly seems to be a lot of it about right now. It may be time for a new approach of partnership between communities and statutory agencies which has proved effective in the Tidy Towns programme in the south. She added, “Sometimes it is a matter of seeing our roads through the eyes of a visitor. For example, there seem to be more and more places where traffic signs are constantly obscured by vegetation, and some of the signs themselves have become strikingly dirty. “It is all about little jobs which might be done with voluntary work if the right statutory framework was in place to encourage communities to get involved.”
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