Clarke asks for road repairs leading to historic Dundrum Castle

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Alliance Party Councillor Patrick Clarke has called on both the Minister for the Environment Alex Atwood MLA and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), both who are responsible for Dundrum Castle to carry out road surface repairs to Castle Hill which is an unadopted private road leading to Dundrum Castle. Back in 2011 Clarke says he contacted NIEA regarding the dangerous state of parts of Castle Hill which was causing damage to local resident’s vehicles and a health and safety risk to walkers and pedestrians. NIEA subsequently carried out minor repairs as a goodwill gesture while not admitting any liability; to do so due to the road ownership being unresolved. Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated, “To date Castle Hill is still deemed an unadopted private road and has never been adopted or maintained by DRD Roads Service due to Castle Hill not meeting the required standard before adoption, which has resulted in years of no maintenance. “The repairs and resurfacing road works to Castle Hill back in March 2011 made access along the lower part of Castle Hill which was particularly bad and dangerous to Dundrum Castle a lot safer and easier for drivers and pedestrians. “Presently there are now sections of the lower part and upper parts of Castle Hill private road that have deteriorated as well as potholes and I would like NIEA to again carry out the same repairs without admitting liability and as a goodwill gesture before Castle Hill falls into the same state of disrepair as it did back in 2011.” Clarke added, “With the Easter holidays impending and the longer evenings it would be imperative for some minor roads repairs to be carried out to repair the potholes if financial funding is not available to fully resurface sections of Castle Hill similar to back March 2011.” “I have asked the Minister for the Environment and the NIEA who are both responsible for Dundrum Castle to see if similar minor road repair works can be carried out along Castle Hill to make access easier and safer for both drivers of vehicles and pedestrians wishing to visit Dundrum Castle and the surrounding grounds.”
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