‘Trips and falls due to unrepaired footpaths’ – McNulty

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Thursday, April 20th, 2017
footpath2SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has claimed that footpaths in town centres have deteriorated so much that he has had to report numerous incidents to the Department of Infrastructure locally.
  McNulty told Newry Times, “Over recent weeks I have been contacted by quite a number of people regarding the state of many footpaths in our cities, towns and villages.
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25th March 2017“In many incidents we have seen Environmental Improvement Schemes completed in the larger urban centres, many of which have been spearheaded by local councils. However, beyond those core areas of our town centres, footpaths have deteriorated into a particularly bad state.
  He continued, “I fear that whilst there has been much attention on the state of our roads, footpaths have been completely forgotten about. Just this week, I have yet again had to pass through details of another incident where a local lady fell and injured herself. This lady unfortunately ended up in hospital and regrettably this is happening far too often. “Every day I am contacted about the condition of many roads and footpaths, both in urban and rural areas. This is completely unacceptable, we need to see a comprehensive investment package in repairs and resurfacing of roads and footpaths.
  “It is not good enough to get a burst of work towards the end of the financial year and then nothing happens for the next nine months,” he insisted.
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25th March 2017 Box Advert“We need to see real investment in continuous repairs and maintenance, because the longer roads and footpaths are left without repair and maintenance, their condition deteriorates and therefore end up costing more to repair in the long run.”
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