Public pressure spurs Roads Service to mend pothole hell

PUBLIC pressure after pothole hell prompted Roads Service to resurface the road leading to Tesco in Cookstown.

After more than a year of deep holes appearing in the private road leading to the shopping development, the public bombarded Road Service with complaints.

However while nearby Orritor Street and Orritor Road are owned by Roads Service, the road to the Tesco development is privately owned.

After last Winter’s vicious snow storms, the road became a hell hole with numerous pot holes becoming deeper and wider.

Scores of motorists suffered ripped tyres and car damage as they negotiated the treacherous craters and several contacted the Mid Ulster Mail to complain.

However it was the Department of Regional Development’s Roads Service which received the largest volume of complaints.

One source said the litany of complaints was ‘regular and consistent’.

And local garages experienced a spike in trade as customers fell foul of the pot holes.

Mark Simpson of Cookstown Tyre Centre he had noticed a rising number of alloy wheels coming in to have buckles removed from them.

“The majority of customers are telling us that the back road leading past Tesco in Cookstown has been the reason for this damage,” said Mr Simpson.

He said the impact with a pothole can cause a few issues. “Bent alloy wheels which we can straighten in 90 % of cases, if not a replacement must be purchased,” he said, adding that there could also be side wall damage to the tyre which cannot be repaired.

Driving over a pothole can also lead to wheel alignment being knocked off line.

Mr Simpson said all of these can ‘effect future tyre wear and become very costly to the driver’.

While road works were scheduled for Orritor Road and Orritor Street, it had been feared the road leading to Tesco would not be repaired.

It is understood Roads Service was in negotiations with the developer and it was agreed that while contractors were on site at nearby Orritor Road and Orritor Street, they would carry out the repair to the unadopted road leading to Tesco and the cost of the additional work will be met by the developer.

A DRD spokesperson said: “Orritor Road and Orritor Street are public roads and Roads Service has recently completed resurfacing work at both sites.

“The road leading to the Tesco site is unadopted and is the responsibility of the contractor. However, under Private Streets legislation, Roads Service may undertake works on a private road for which a Bond and Agreement is in place to ensure the road is finished to an adoptable standard within a reasonable period.

“In response to a number of public complaints regarding the condition of the road, Roads Service undertook the work necessary within the development site.

“The work was carried out during scheduled work at the adjacent Orritor Road and Orritor Street sites. The cost of the additional work will be met by the developer.”