Repair of neglected roads in Mid Ulster Council area ‘an equality issue’

Curran Terrace residents, pictured in 2009, with one of the huge potholes affecting their area

Curran Terrace residents, pictured in 2009, with one of the huge potholes affecting their area

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A call for Mid Ulster District Council to address a long neglected area of Dungannon represents an “equality issue”, the monthly meeting heard recently.

The comment was made by Council Chair, Cllr Linda Dillon, who tabled a motion asking that the council “looks at what can be done under the power of general competency to assist historical unadopted developments where no bond exists that have suffered from years of neglect by relevant agencies”.

Highlighting the situation facing people living in the Currans Brae area, Cllr Dillon said: “I think this is an area that can be addressed by the council as it actually belongs to the council. Council has a responsibility. The road here is in a dangerous state and most elderly people live there.”

While the motion was carried, a number of councillors expressed surprise that the issue was being raised, since many of them understood such work was already going to be carried out under general competency.

Dungannon Independent councillor, Barry Monteith, commented thus, adding: “I support the motion and if the legislation allows the council to do this it should be done.”