DOWNPATRICK Councillor and Vice-Chairman of Down District Council Gareth Sharvin (SDLP) has welcomed the recent surface dressing scheme along the Blackcauseway Road and Glebe Road by Roads Service.
Councillor Sharvin said: “The surface dressing was requested after holding a number of meetings with local residents. Their concerns ranged from pot holes, surface wearing and flooding that occurred during heavy rain. The roads have been experiencing deterioration for some time now and this highlighted a real need for improvements.
“In addition to the road surface dressing, the residents wanted to see a solution to the flooding. Working closely with Roads Service officials, it was identified that the gullies were the issue and were not doing their job.
“Surface dressing is an essential treatment for the great majority of the rural roads. It restores surface texture and seals the surface against the ingress of water that can have damaging effect and lead to the formation of potholes.”
Councillor Sharvin added: “Over the last couple of weeks, Roads Service have carried out the road surface dressing to both roads. The work has provided a much improved road surface for residents.
“Both roads have also had all gullies cleared, to help take any rainfall away from the road and also assist in ensuring flooding might not occur on either the Blackcauseway Road or Glebe Road.”
“This is a great success for the residents and will prepare the roads for the coming winter months.” Councillor Sharvin added.