Monaghan Street traders irate over Environmental Improvement Scheme delays

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Emotions ran high during a meeting chaired by Sinn Féin’s Brendan Curran on Tuesday 6th March regarding the ongoing road works in Monaghan Street. Speaking to Newry Times Curran said, “I have never witnessed such large numbers of shopkeepers attending a council meeting but traders in the vicinity of these road works have had their patience tested. “Responding to complaints from traders, Newry & Mourne Council held a meeting which brought these traders in contact with the contractors employed to carry out this Environmental Improvement Scheme.” During the meeting local traders raised concerns regarding the quality of the work being done and the multitude of outstanding issues which have not been addressed such as shutter bolt holes not being replaced and the removal of alarm contact points. “Traders are concerned that they are having to take additional security measures with their premises but the overwhelming problem is that this work is taking much longer than agreed.” He added, “Friday was the agreed finishing date for the work and as you can see this deadline has been missed. The contractors have said that BT is holding up proceedings and there does not appear to be any confirmed date for BT’s arrival. “This is an unacceptable situation for traders and pedestrians alike and I am calling on the contractors to meet the assurances they gave to traders or keep them informed of developments.”
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