DOWNPATRICK Sinn Féin Councillor Liam Johnston has contacted Water Service in an effort to have problems with sewage affecting Market Lane in Downpatrick resolved.
He continued, “There is an ongoing problem with sewage seeping from a manhole in the street opposite traders on Market Lane and this needs to be rectified without delay. When complaints were initially received by NI Water they claimed it was not their problem but after representation on behalf of Sinn Féin they have agreed to send out engineers to assess the problem
“It is unacceptable that this busy street, which is home to several businesses, has been excluded from the Public Realm Works that are presently being carried out throughout Downpatrick. The traders affected by this problem have made the reasonable point that they pay commercial rates the same as everyone else in the town and they also are suffering from the economic downturn.
“Market Lane is a very busy pedestrian thoroughfare from Market Street to the main town centre car park and it has been excluded. By contrast, nearby Scotch Street which has a similar number of traders is quite rightly undergoing an extensive facelift but there are double standards at work.
“Sinn Féin is calling for a more holistic approach to be taken and Market Lane to be included in the Public Realm Work’s Programme. Market Lane traders have been told that if there are any materials left after all the other streets have been upgraded they may consider upgrading Market Lane. This is unacceptable – the businesses plying their trade there do not want crumbs they want to be treated equally,” he added.