Clarke voices concerns over Roads Service and NI Water plans

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Friday, November 23rd, 2012
South Down Alliance Party Spokesperson Councillor Patrick Clarke says it remains to be seen if plans put in place by Roads Service and NI Water will be enough to keep homes and travel networks operating smoothly as winter approaches. The Newcastle Councillor has said that in the past both organisations have been criticised after a service breakdown came on the back of extreme winter weather conditions hitting South Down. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Patrick Clarke stated, “Both Roads Service and NI Water recently presented their plans as part of the Winter Readiness Programme for the winter weeks ahead. If everything goes according to plan both organisations will be ready to face the harsh winter conditions many are expecting, but it is a big if’.” “Even the best laid plans can start to fall apart if the unexpected happens and with current weather patterns no-one can predict precisely what will happen in the next few winter weeks. During harsh winters the gritting of local roads – or lack of – can create panic and worry for many.” “While they have rules and guidelines that they must adhere to, local road problems could often be overcome by listening to suggestions from elected representatives on which roads are most in need of gritting in their constituency.” He added, “I know this can be a worrying time of year for many and I would urge any constituents with concerns over road gritting and access to salt boxes to contact me on 07918907132 or email” “Addressing potential problems now will ensure we have the correct tools in place to tackle whatever weather comes our way in the coming weeks.”
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