Anger over ‘poor response’ to state of Warrenpoint roads

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
Community, Politics

Newry, Mourne and Down Councillor Michael Ruane has spoken of what he described as “the deep frustration of many” due to “the poor response” by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Roads Service to concerns raised about the road infrastructure throughout the Warrenpoint area.

The local Councillor challenged DfI Officials present at a recent Council meeting about their lack of action in addressing concerns highlighted by himself and Sinn Féin colleague Sinead Ennis MLA.



He told Newry Times, “The general condition of the road network in the Warrenpoint and indeed wider Crotlieve area is a major cause of concern to myself, elected representatives and constituents.

“Road surfaces, blocked gullies, street lighting, cutting back of hedges and trees are issues that have been raised on behalf of constituents and the response, or the lack of response and action by the local Department for Infrastructure Office has caused huge frustration and a growing anger.”



The Sinn Féin representative continued, “They have failed to deliver on a previous commitment made last May where an assurance was given that a major improvement would be seen over the summer months. This is completely unacceptable.”

The Councillor confirmed that he and his MLA colleague Sinead Ennis would meet senior Department for Infrastructure Officers to discuss ongoing concerns.



“Whilst assurances have been given that Great Georges Street and Burren Road/Forth Road will be resurfaced in the coming weeks and Seaview between the Whistledown Hotel and Springfield Road will be done early in the new year, myself and Sinead will meet with senior DfI Official Simon Hamilton to discuss our concerns and the current relationship with the local DfI Office.

Ruane added, “Ultimately we wish to work positively with all stakeholders to ensure a safer, better road Infrastructure for the Crotlieve area.”


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