THE appalling and dangerous state of rural roads in Mid Ulster has prompted a local SDLP councillor to demand a properly funded strategy to deal with the issue.
SDLP Ballinderry Councillor Christine McFlynn says the roads have deteriorated badly over Christmas and called for immediate repairs.
Councillor McFlynn also urged drivers to use caution when travelling on thse rural roads.
“We have not yet seen the severe weather conditions we experienced last winter, but the surfaces of our local rural roads have deteriorated badly over the Christmas period and, in some cases, are a danger to road users.
“Of particular concern are areas along the Ballylifford, Ballinderry Bridge Killybearn, Ballygrooby and Springhill roads.
“Potholes and the generally poor state of the road surface along these roads could damage cars and cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles.
“I urge all drivers to use caution when travelling on all rural roads and on these roads in particular.
“I and my SDLP colleagues will be pressing for immediate repairs to these roads and for the development of a co-ordinated, and properly funded, strategy to improve the maintenance of our rural roads network.”