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‘Somebody will get badly hurt if railings aren’t installed’ - DUP

Councillor David Ramsey and Vice Chair of the Lincoln Court community association, Gary McClements, pictured highlighting the unfinished infrastructure.

Councillor David Ramsey and Vice Chair of the Lincoln Court community association, Gary McClements, pictured highlighting the unfinished infrastructure.

Waterside DUP councillor David Ramsey says children have already fallen in Lincoln Court due to a delay in protective railing being installed on new street infrastructure in the estate.

Mr Ramsey told the Sentinel he was concerned someone was going to get badly hurt due to work not having been completed.

He made the claim after being contacted by the Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Court Community Association, Gary McClements, who said concerned parents had been in touch with him in a bid to have the issue resolved.

Mr Ramsey said: “Somebody’s going to get badly hurt with the railings not being there, because the wall is high and children actually have fallen and it’s very worrying.”

The DUP councillor told the Sentinel that both his party and members of the community were generally satisfied with a lot of the work Roads Service has already completed in the estate.

For example, within recent months old paving stones throughout the Lincoln Court estate have been completely removed and replaced with smoother and more-pedestrian friendly tarmacadam.

But there have been delays to some aspects of the works.

Railings, for example, have yet to be installed on dividing walls, some of which are between three and four feet high, and parents feel this is hazardous for young children.

“The railings now, I mean, they were meant to be fitted two months ago and they weren’t,” said Mr Ramsey. “We met Roads Service the other day and it turns out the railings were only being measured that day.

“Obviously now the situation is that the railings are still not up but they definitely are being made. We know who the private contractor is, that is fitting the railings, so we can keep in touch.”

A spokesperson for DRD Roads Service confirmed officials had met with some local representatives last week to discuss the railings.

The spokesperson said: “The Department’s subcontractors have taken the necessary measurements for the railings and we expect them to erected within two weeks.”

 
 
 

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