Townland signs not top priority, council told

THERE is no official requirement for townland and cross-road names to be included on Fermanagh’s road signs, which was the official answer from the roads agency recently when asked why townland signs were being removed. 
Many have noticed that in recent times signs containing the names of local townlands and crossroads were left out when signs were replaced. In response to local concerns, the Council wrote to the roads agency at the Department of Infrastructure to express its objection to the signs being removed. The Council also objected to signs not being replaced on Class C roads. 
In response to the Council’s letter, David McKinley, divisional roads manager, quoted current legislation which dictates what should and should not be included on road signs, such as “the hierarchy of settlements.” 
“Townlands and crossroads are not considered to be settlements nor are they contained within the listings permitted for non-settlement/non-geographic destinations,” he said. 
The Council had also expressed its concern that not all road signs in rural Fermanagh were being replaced when damaged. 
Citing budget limitations, Mr McKinley said all damaged or defaced signs were recorded, and then it depended on the nature of the damage or defect, and the importance of the sign, when it would be replaced. For example, ‘stop’ signs are seen as higher priority. 
“The Department will act with due regard to the degree of risk to public safety that the defect poses, taking into consideration the Department’s policy,” he said.

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