West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

£2m Omagh Roads Budget Boost

Published: 6 March, 2013

The Omagh District Roads budget has been boosted recently by an additional £2million allocated through the Executives quarterly spending reviews.

Sinn Fein Cllr Frankie Donnelly has said that the extra funds will be used to carry out work in Omagh Town and in the Village centres across the District.

Welcoming the news Cllr Donnelly revealed that a number of villages that had been lobbied for would now be completed,

" We have been lobbying for road resurfacing in many of our villages that had not been high priority before, now that the funds are available many of these have now been actioned by Roads Service.

" In Drumquin for example drainage and major roadway reconstruction has begun on Manse Road and will shortly commence on a further section of the B50 Omagh Road approaching Crooked Bridge, other areas will have noticed or will witness similar schemes, that we have been seeking as a priority. The extra funds have also allowed a 50%increase in the number of rural roads 'surfaced dressed' and i am pleased that many in the Dregish and Fairywater areas made the list this time around and I commend Roads Service Staff for having been prepared and in a position to utilise the funds"

Cllr Donnelly, who is Chair of the Planning and Public Services Committee, concluded

" April brings a new financial year and probably a much smaller roads maintenance budget, but we will continue to lobby Roads Service on new priorities for the Omagh District to ensure that we are in a position to take advantage of extra funds should they become available again".