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Motorists must wait for review of potholes

Potholes on the Derryclawan Road just outside Enniskillen

POTHOLES and road conditions throughout the county cannot be reviewed until the full budget has been put in place, it has been revealed.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council wrote to the Department for Infrastructure detailing their frustration at the increasing number of potholes and deteriorating roads across Fermanagh.
Councillors are continuously being contacted by constituents regarding the poor quality of roads in Fermanagh which has been causing damage to tyres, wheels and suspensions.
The Council requested to meet with the Department to discuss the extent of the problem.
Conor Loughrey from the Department for Infrastructure responded to the Council’s concerns and said “I am well aware of the problem with potholes and the general conditions of the roads across the Division”.
He added that he was willing to meet with the Council but suggested that a meeting is not organised until after the full budget for the incoming 2018/19 year is announced.
In his letter he said. “this will greatly influence the level of service that can be provided going forward” and without this information he “would not be in the position to discuss in any meaningful way how the problem of potholes and the general road condition might be addressed”.
At the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on Wednesday night Cllr Alex Baird requested that a meeting is organised when the budget is put in place.
The Council also expressed concerns about the three junctions from Brookeborough on the A4 Road which has been the scene of serious and fatal accidents.
Members asked for the consideration of the erection of street lighting, reduced speed limit, and traffic monitoring by the PSNI in the area.
Responding to these concerns, Mr Loughrey said ‘I understand that this matter has been discussed directly with my Traffic Management staff who have carried out a review of the collision history of the A4 in the vicinity of the Brookeborough junctions, and intend discussing this further with PSNI traffic management.”
He added that “to provide streetlights at rural road junctions with no development or to provide isolated speed restriction associated with junctions’ on key roads would impact the effectiveness of the routes”.

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