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Rural dwellers fed up using ‘third world type roads’ - Councillor

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Potholes that were nine inches deep were wrecking cars in rural West Tyrone, it was claimed this week.

UUP councillor, Bert Wilson, has slammed what he called the 'lack of evidence' on the ground that the Roads Service was making any headway filling in the offending 'craters'.

Indeed he added he knew of one motorist, a nurse who watched her windscreen fall out after she hit one of the severe potholes on the Legacurry Road near Beragh.

"The poor woman was frightened out of her wits, she did not know what happened when the windscreen left the car. It was just another example of the damage that's happening on a daily basis to motorists living in this part of the world. I feel sorry for anyone who had suffered. It's a costly business replacing rims, tyres, windscreens, shocks and other parts of your car," he said.

Another woman motorist - who did not wish to be named - told this newspaper of paying over £700 in garage bills after destroying tyres and rims on her car on two separate occasions due to hitting large potholes near Beragh and in Omagh - and was still waiting any compensation from the Department, despite supplying all information required several months ago followed up by phonecalls.

Cllr Wilson was also reacting to a letter received by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council's policy and resources committee meeting in Enniskillen last Wednesday from Conor Loughrey, divisional roads manager, Department for Infrastructure, regarding roads maintenance issues and pothole management arrangements.

In it Mr Loughrey told members that this year the department had received an initial Capital Structural Maintenance budget of some £75 million. This budget usually dealt with planned maintenance activities such as resurfacing, drainage improvements and surface dressing, but this year also included a £15 million Roads Recovery Fund to help mitigate the impact of a severe winter and under-investment in recent years.

"The division's share of this Capital Structural Maintenance budget stands at just under £20 million and this, in turn, translates to £7.7 million for the Fermanagh Omagh council area. This is significantly better than the equivalent budget has been in recent years - for example the initial budget last year for the entire division was some £4.3 million."

 

Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution...

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