Newry’s Bulls Hill road concerns brought to Road Minister

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Monday, February 9th, 2015
Newry & Mourne Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has said that she shares the ‘serious concerns’ of residents living in the Bulls Hill locality in relation to traffic volume and safety.

Cllr Liz Kimmins,Cllr Valerie Harte and Mickey Brady MLA making their way to a Bulls Hill meeting last year

At a recent Council meeting Liz requested that Minister Danny Kennedy is invited to visit the road to discuss the issues involved. The local Councillor explained, “Myself and colleagues Mickey Brady, Valerie Harte and Charlie Casey held a site meeting on 24th October 2014 at Bulls Hill at which representatives from Roads Service, Apex Housing Association and the PSNI met with residents to discuss the concerns regarding this hill. “Residents have serious concerns around health and safety as their houses are right on the hill and there is a high volume of two way traffic using this every day despite it being extremely narrow, with poor visibility. “These issues were raised with all the representatives in attendance and suggestions made to introduce traffic calming measures, however these suggestions were turned down and to date there have been no other attempts made to improve the situation. The Sinn Féin Councillor said that fears about safety had heightened in recent weeks. “Since the meeting there has been several collisions on the hill, including an incident where a car got wedged on its side between the bin lorry and the ditch as the road was too narrow for it to be able to pass safely. “Residents are increasingly concerned as nothing has been done. This is a very serious issue and despite 12 months of hard work to try and get this resolved, residents are still living in fear that someone will be seriously hurt or killed if the problem is allowed to continue,” Kimmins added.
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