Video: Contender for Tyrone’s dirtiest road

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A Coagh farmer has hit out a neighbouring farmer for the state of a public road that runs between both their properties.

At the end of his tether with the problem - which he says has been going on for years - the landowner invited the Times to come and see just how bad it was.

And following our visit to the road - not far from the lough shore - this reporter thinks it could be a contender for the muddiest road in Mid Ulster and Tyrone.

Realistically, the young landowner said he knows that country roads get muddied from time-to-time, but this road, he said is “constantly dirty”.

However when he asked the farmer responsible to clean it up, he explained “he basically tells you where to go”.

So, frustrated with the situation he then took to Twitter to say: “Can somebody get the farmer who’s messing this road to tidy it ASAP #bloodydisgrace.”

He also told the Times: “From pretty much here, all year round it is a mess - you can see here just how bad it is, it’s all coming from in there - you can see the tracks.

“It only ever goes away when it’s dry for a week or so.”

Now aware of the situation TransportNI - the government department that looks after Northern Ireland’s roads - has taken it on.

A spokesperson said: “The department has already contacted the persons it believes to be responsible for this matter (under the Roads (NI) Order 1993 not to deposit mud on a public road).

“Should they fail to address the matter then, in the first instance, it will be referred to the PSNI for their attention.

“If they deem [that] the extent of the problem constitutes a danger to the road user then it will be for the PSNI to take any enforcement action necessary under the 1993 Order.

“Should the PSNI deem the mud does not constitute a danger then we will refer it on to Cookstown District Council for them to clean up (under the Litter (NI) Order 1994 / Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011).”

Ronan McGinley, a local Sinn Fein councillor, who was also made aware of the situation through social media said he would not like to comment on an individual case, but has asked that people clean up after themselves.

He told the Times: “I feel that the road should be left in a safe way and people have a responsibility to look after the community. There’s other people that use that road, if there’s any damage done or if there’s any mess left then there’s an obligation to clean that up.”