Newry SDLP Councillor Michael Savage has welcomed a commitment from DFI Roads to carry out urgent resurfacing works in the High Street and Windmill Road areas of the city.
Councillor Savage said: “I have been inundated with complaints from residents of the High Street and Windmill Road areas about the condition of the road surface as it’s in a terrible state.
“I wrote to Roads Service at the end of May to try and get an indication as to when resurfacing can be carried out and while no firm date has been given they have made a firm commitment that the Department has identified High Street and Windmill Road areas as being in need of resurfacing and are working to include the works in this financial year.
“This is a welcome development and I will continue to press Roads Service to honour this commitment and provide a start date as soon as possible. The people of the Hugh Street and Windmill Road pay their taxes like everyone else and deserve to be able to drive to and from their homes without having to endure the atrocious road conditions in their area. This has gone on long enough and the Department now just need to get in with it.”
In a response to Councillor Savage’s written request for an update on the resurfacing scheme for High Street and Windmill Road DFI Roads Section Engineer Ian Campbell replied: “I can confirm that the Department has identified these areas as being in need of resurfacing as being in need of resurfacing and the resurfacing programme for 2022/23 financial year is currently in preparation.
“Once confirmed, the programme of works for the Newry Mourne and Down Council area will be included within the Roads Council Report that will then be presented to Council, published on the Department’s website and also placed in the Assembly Library.
“I would also explain that the resurfacing contract for the Newry Mourne and Down area expired in early 2021. Following legal challenges to the award of resurfacing contracts in spring 2021, the Department has been working at pace to develop and implement a new term contract strategy to ensure that much needed resurfacing work is carried out in those areas without a contract, including in the Newry Mourne and Down area.
“The Department is aiming to have a replacement contract awarded for this area shortly and subject to the availability of funding, the majority of schemes that are currently on hold due to these contractual issues, including the Windmill Road area, will be carried out as quickly as possible after the contact has been awarded.”