‘Roads money must be secured for Newry & Mourne District’ – Burns

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Newry and Mourne District Councillor Colman Burns has demanded that a substantial proportion of the additional £25 million which the Department of Regional Development has allocated for minor roads be secured for roads within this district. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Burns said, “We need to make urgent contact with the Department of Regional Development to ensure that a substantial amount of this new roads maintenance money is secured for our District!” Councillor Burns was speaking at a recent Council meeting as he welcomed the news that an extra £25 million pounds had been secured by DRD for the maintenance of minor or ‘local roads’ in the North. Burns explained, “This announcement is very good news indeed and comes early in the financial year which is an added bonus for local roads authorities. “While we would always welcome extra money for roads maintenance, too often any additional funding becomes available at the tail end of the year leaving only weeks to get the work completed.” The Councillor continued, ” I have made a proposal that Council write to the Department, outlining the condition of our District’s roads and demanding that we get a substantial amount of this funding. “Councillors and MLAs have consistently lobbied to get the road improvements that are needed in this area. Unfortunately, we continually hit the ‘lack of funding’ brick wall. “We now have a golden opportunity with this announcement and we must bid aggressively for our fair share of this £25 million.” Councillor Burns’ proposal was seconded by his colleague Councillor Anthony Flynn who said that this bid must be made as a matter of urgency before DRD staff break off for the holidays.
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