Councillor
Peter J. Martin
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Donaghadee - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Martin disappointed by slow progress on Gransha & South Circular Roads pedestrian safety

Monday 14th April 2014

We are all too aware of the need for some progress on the issue of pedestrian safety on the Gransha and South Circular Roads. This matter has sat with Roads Service for too long now and despite calls for a push on progress it would appear that little is forthcoming. There have been a number of ‘site meetings’ and general promises of progress but nothing has really transpired.

We are all too aware of the need for some progress on the issue of pedestrian safety on the Gransha and South Circular Roads. This matter has sat with Roads Service for too long now and despite calls for a push on progress it would appear that little is forthcoming. There have been a number of ‘site meetings’ and general promises of progress but nothing has really transpired. Following a number of representations from constituents living in the area to me over the last few months I wrote to the Department of Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy asking for an update on the issue and in his response to me last week it states that ‘consultants have finished an initial report and officials are giving consideration to this report’. I believe what we now need is action on this issue, it cannot have taken over a year to generate a report. 

There have been 18 road fatalities so far this year in Northern Ireland and 30% of these were pedestrians. Whilst these numbers may seem low behind every number is a grieving family and quite simply everything must be done to reduce these numbers to zero. I, and the residents who have contacted me, are very concerned that the sheer number of pedestrians [often the elderly and school boys] crossing these two extremely busy roads are slowly and inevitably stacking up the odds of a tragedy. I am calling for the Minister and his Department to expedite this findings of this report as soon as is practically possible.

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