Gully-cleaning, floods and congestion on DUP agenda

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The DUP in Londonderry has met with senior TransportNI staff to discuss flooding, gully-cleaning and traffic congestion at Pine Street, Limavady Road, Caw roundabout and the Crescent Link.

The party reported that it was a positive meeting and welcomed progress on a number of points.

In a statement the Londonderry DUP indicated: “We had a meeting with Robert McCartney, section engineer from transportNI for an update on issues now that some extra monies have been allocated to the budget.

“The first concerns we had was about the Floodline number and people having issues getting through, this concern is UK wide.

“As councillors we are pleased to have Martin Daly from council as our local contact and he is very proactive and has a good working relationship with our office.

“Over the weekend (December 5/6) our local road service personnel dealt with fifty calls and did get a lot of issues resolved.

“Due to extra monies being made available from the Department of Regional Development (DRD) Minister Michelle Mcllveen the skeleton staff service has been lifted but people are still asked to be patient while the backlog is reduced.

“Gully cleaning is now back to normal service but with 70,000 gully cleanings in our council area to be carried out, again it will take time.

“When winter sets in and salt boxes need filled contact the local office no 02871321600.

“Gary Middleton MLA will also be inviting the DRD Minister Michelle Mcllveen out to Newbuildings, to take action about the ongoing problem with cars speeding on the Duncastle Road.

“The ongoing issue with Pine Street traffic congestion was discussed and we are now taking this to the DRD minister through Gary Middleton MLA.

“We also raised concerns about traffic congestion on Limavady Road and Link road and we will continue to lobby for traffic controls on Caw roundabout.”