Alliance Councillor Clarke Raises Dundrum Road Issues With DRD
Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke has raised a number of roads issues with DRD Roads Minister Danny Kennedy at a meeting with the the Roads Minister in Clough at the Dundrum and Clough Inter Agency meeting held on Wednesday 26 February.
He said: “I welcome the commitment given to me by DRD Roads Minister Danny Kennedy regarding a number of roads issues in Dundrum which I hilighted at the recent Dundrum and Clough Inter agency meeting. I pressed the Minister about the need for a pedestrian crossing along Main Street in Dundrum and the problems with pedestrians crossing to the post office due to the high volumes of traffic.
“The Roads Minister advised me that another vehicle and pedestrian survey will be carried out later this year by Roads Service along Main Street Dundrum and following these results the Roads Minister will confirm when a pedestrian crossing will be approved by Roads Service.
“I also outlined the difficulty of traffic along School Hill exiting onto Main Street due to the increased traffic travelling to Newcastle during holiday periods and weekends. I am pleased that the Roads Minister has now asked Roads Service to examine this area of concern and investigate a number of options to ease traffic congestion.
“The unadopted Castlehill Road issue leading to Dundrum Castle was also raised which needs to be upgraded and adopted by Roads Service. I am pleased that the Roads Minister has advised me that DRD are now working with the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency (NIEA) to address a number of issues relating to Castlehill Road.
“With £1.2m being spent at Dundrum Castle in 2014 and 2015 on a new visitor centre, flood lighting and other environmental improvements and with increased visitors and tourists to Dundrum Castle the Roads Minister agreed with me that the upgrading and adopting of Castle Hill Road by Roads Service is paramount.
“Further, the Roads Minister also acknowledged the roads safety issues in Clough and the speed limit of 40mph in Seaforde village will be also examined by Roads Service,” added Cllr Patrick Clarke.