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DUP representatives call for urgent action on the state of our Borough footpaths

Monday 28th October 2013

Many people are frustrated by the state of our footpaths in North Down. We do not underestimate the task that Roads Service have in maintaining them all but now urgent action is required in some areas.

Joint Press Release
Peter Weir MLA, Alex Easton MLA and Cllr Peter Martin 

Many people are frustrated by the state of our footpaths in North Down. We do not underestimate the task that Roads Service have in maintaining them all but now urgent action is required in some areas. On Friday [25/10] we met with a representative of Roads Service and a number of constituents who are particularly concerned with the wear and tear on their footpaths in the Bayview area. We intend to encourage Roads Service to expedite a solution to this problem which does not just focus on another weed treatment programme.

Cllr Peter Weir MLA 

“I welcome today’s meeting with Roads Service as the opportunity for us to put to them at first hand the state of the pavements and the problem of weeds in the area, and just as importantly the opportunity to show them the problem first hand. It is crucial that this information is taken back and acted upon, to ensure that priority is given to these long suffering residents. The issue of street lighting in the area is also important, and I am glad to see some steps in the right direction on this front.”

 Cllr Alex Easton MLA 

“Having viewed the area at first hand with my colleagues it is vitally important that DRD take the issue of clearing the weeds seriously. I believe that compared to some other areas that are having footpath resurfacing that the Towerview area must now be include in a scheme for a new footpath resurfacing scheme as a matter of urgency. The footpaths are in a shambles with broken slabs, dips, ponding and edging which are a potential tripping hazard. It is now time to move forward and get this sorted for the residents of Towerview and we will not stop until this is resolved.” 

Cllr Peter Martin 

“Cracked footpaths leads to both the growth of weeds and moss, it further allows ice to form in the winter and this encourages the cracks to enlarge promoting more degeneration of our footpaths. I am very concerned not only for the visual impact this causes for the ratepayers but also the inherent danger for the elderly who have to traverse the dips and cracks. We have had a considerable amount of representations from our constituents in these areas and we now intend to press Roads Service to adopt a major capital programme to address these concerns” 

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