ALMOST thirty million pounds has been spent on roads maintenance in the Londonderry and Limavady council areas in the last three years, it has emerged.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy also revealed that across all 26 district councils in Northern Ireland, a figure approaching half a billion pounds has had to be spent in order to maintain Northern Ireland’s roads network.
Across Northern Ireland, around £403 million has been spent in the past three financial years on structural, routine and “other” maintenance. Other maintenance includes “expenditure on highway structures, winter maintenance and traffic maintenance.”
In the Limavady Borough Council area a total well in excess of £11 million has been spent on roads maintenance, while in the Derry City Council area a total of more than £17 million has been spent.
The Minister in charge of transport expenditure in Northern Ireland, UUP MLA Danny Kennedy, was asked to provide a “breakdown of expenditure on roads maintenance in each council area for each year since 2009” by South Belfast MLA Conall McDevitt.
Mr Kennedy responded in writing, providing a table with the expenditure incurred on roads maintenance broken down by District Council area. He added: “The categories listed in the table are defined as follows: Structural Maintenance includes resurfacing, surface dressing, patching and structural drainage; Routine Maintenance includes grass cutting, weed control verge maintenance and gully emptying etc.; and Other Maintenance includes expenditure on highway structures, winter maintenance and traffic maintenance.”
The total spend on ‘structural maintenance’ in the Limavady council area in the financial year 2009/10 was £2,344,000, while the following year it was £2,303,000 and in 2011/12 it was £3,431,000.
In the Londonderry council area, £3,086,000 was spent on structural maintenance in 2009/10, with a £2,887,000 spend the following year and a £5,560,000 spend in 2011/12.
The total spend, including structural, routine and ‘other’ maintenance in the Limavady area in 2009/10 was £3,332,000. The next year, in 2010/11, £3,490,000 was spent on roads maintenance, with the figure increasing to £4,457,000 in 2011/12 – bringing the total expenditure on roads maintenance in the Limavady area to £11,279,000 in three years.
In Londonderry, the total spend on roads maintenance in 2009/10 was £5,009,000, while in 2010/11 £4,622,000 was spent and a further £7,388,000 was spent in 2011/12 – meaning £17,019,000 was spent on roads maintenance in the Londonderry area over three years.