Ardboe/Ballinderry SDLP raise rural roads concern

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CONCERNS have been raised by members at the recent SDLP Ardboe and Ballinderry branch’s monthly meeting about the poor condition of local rural roads.

The SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone also addressed the meeting on the increasing level of local party support following the recent Westminster by-election.

Speaking afterwards, Mr McGlone said, “The serious issue of the poor state of our local roads was one issue that was coming up on the doorsteps around Mid-Ulster during the time of the recent by-election campaign.

“SDLP representatives will be meeting with Roads Service in the near future. Councillors have questioned the very poor response times to reports of problems with the roads.

“Although the Killybearn Road between Cookstown and Drumullan has recently been resurfaced, the state of our rural road network is a repeated source of concern in local communities across Mid Ulster.

“Our rural roads are a vital lifeline for local communities and the local economy. It is essential that they are maintained to the highest possible standards.

“The SDLP in Mid Ulster will continue to lobby for a co-ordinated, and properly funded, strategy to improve our rural roads network.”