Tuesday, 11 March 2014

éirígí address community issues in Newry

Safety issues highlighted at Camlough Road

The socialist republican party, éirígí, have been in contact with local statutory agencies to  raise a number of health and safety issues affecting local residents in the Derrybeg and Carnagat areas of Newry.

éirígí's Newry spokesperson Stephen Murney said that a number of residents in the Derrybeg and Carnagat areas have recently approached party members in an effort to resolve a number of matters.

He explained, “In one instance the cover of a lamppost situated on the Camlough Road was deliberately removed by some clearly anti-social person or persons which left the electrical circuits dangerously exposed.

“Those who did this were not only highly irresponsible but they clearly had no thought or concern for their own safety. Moreover, those responsible showed absolutely no consideration for the safety of local residents, particularly young children, in the immediate area.

“Had any young child, through curiosity, came into contact with the exposed electrical circuits then the outcome could have resulted in very serious injury or even death.”

Murney continued “Concerns were also raised regarding the unsafe condition of a large manhole, also on the Camlough Road, where very clear gaps have developed in the road surface around it. Each time a vehicle passes over this, the manhole cover actually is lifting from the ground. This could not only cause damage to vehicles but it also poses a danger to other motorists and pedestrians.

“I contacted the relevant agencies on Thursday to make them aware of these issues in order to have the necessary repairs made. I can report that Roads Service are already taking steps to carry out remedial work at the manhole and the street lighting division are to provide a new secure cover to the lamppost.”

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