CONCERN has been raised over the state of road repairs in Moneymore and the Loup with one councillor saying one stretch of road has been left in a poorer condition than before.
Ballinderry SDLP representative Christine McFlynn raised the concerns after recent road repairs on the Loup Road and Bridger Street areas of Moneymore.
Councillor McFlynn says some areas marked for repair were missed, while others were un-satisfactorily repaired.
She said residents are now calling on Road Service to take investigate and take action.
“Along the Loup Road several areas that clearly should have been repaired had been missed,” explained the SDLP councillor.
“At Bridger Street the road surface had been left in a worse condition than before the work had started.
“I raised my concerns with Road Service and both areas have been re-inspected.”
Councillor McFlynn says Road Service has agreed more work is required on the heavily used Loup Road, and that resurfacing work will also take place on Bridger Street “when funds become available”.
“It is extremely worrying when maintenance work carried out on our rural roads is not being completed to the highest standard possible,” added councillor McFlynn.
“Of even greater concern is the fact that Road Service clearly recognise that this has been the case in these recent examples in the Moneymore area.
“I will be seeking assurances from Road Service that this situation is not allowed to be replicated in this, or any other, rural area.
Councillor McFlynn concluded: “Our rural road network is a vital link for local communities and for the rural economy.
“Its maintenance is an important part of the work done by Road Service and we will not accept anything other than first-class treatment for our rural roads.”
In response to councillor McFlynn’s comments, a Road Service spokesperson said: “Roads Service are content that the roads are being regularly inspected to a high standard and kept safe in accordance with the Road Maintenance Guidelines.
“Roads Service has already spoken to Cllr McFlynn earlier this week about her concerns and updated her on the repair work.
The spokesperson continued: “Some minor repair work has been identified on the Loup Road and will be completed in due course. However before this work takes place there will be some minor footway works which need to be completed.
“In the longer term, the Loup Road has already been added to our schedule or roads for resurfacing.”
“At Bridger Street, Roads Service has undertaken some temporary repair work however plans for a more extensive repair will be programmed to help the general drainage of the area. The road was not left in a worse condition.”