Downpatrick resurfacing welcomed by councillor

Downpatrick resurfacing welcomed by councillor

6 October 2021

ROADS Service plans to resurface sections of Stream Street in Downpatrick have been welcomed by local councillor John Trainor.

He says that while a one-way system is now in operation and new parking bays have been provided, part of the busy road has been “neglected and left in a poor condition”.

Cllr Trainor asked roads officials to carry out an assessment in the area with a view to carrying out much-needed resurfacing work.

“The assessment has now been completed and roads officials have confirmed that resurfacing work will take place. This is great news given we are approaching the winter months and need our roads to be in the best condition possible,” he continued.

“Our local roads officials do a fantastic job in the area and their commitment to completing this work in Stream Street  is a testament to that. I will continue to engage with them to ensure these works are completed as quickly as possible for the health and wellbeing of all who use this busy road.”

Cllr Trainor has also asked roads officials to explore the potential for widening the footpath at the busy Killough Road in the town.

He said there are issues with overgrown hedgerows, especially over the summer months, which makes life difficult for people who walk along what is already a particularly narrow path.

“Statutory agencies are constrained in that the hedges cannot be cut during nesting season, but 

assurances have been given that when cutting can take place that this will be done,” Cllr Trainor 

confirmed.

“However, a long term solution is needed to address the many issues faced by road users, which include pedestrians having to walk on the road at certain points. We simply cannot allow this to happen especially if they are pushing a pram or are wheelchair users.”

Cllr Trainor believes that if the footpath is widened, it will result in a significant improvement of what he described as the “free flow of pedestrians”.  

He added: “I have been in contact with the local roads office and requested that this be considered and actioned as soon as possible.”