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Local people bear brunt of Danny Kennedy embargo - McNally

Published: 19 August, 2014

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Barry McNally has said local people will bear the brunt of an embargo put in place by DRD Minister Danny Kennedy of Grass Cutting, Street Lighting Maintenance and Gully emptying services. Mr McNally said he became aware of the embargo this week whilst reporting a fault of street lighting in the Carrickmore area to Transport NI, formerly known as Roads Service.

Speaking on the issue councillor McNally said:

"I find it ludicrous that Danny Kennedy has issued this embargo to Transport NI right across the north. This effectively means that when the street lights go out, they will stay out. The Ulster Unionist Party minister has previously stated that work will not commence on 'street lights that fail, unless they pose an electrical hazard to members of the public'. This is completely irresponsible of the minister, who should immediately review his position.

"It is my understanding that this embargo extends to gully emptying services as well as grass cutting. People pay rates and expect these services to be provided. It is time for Danny Kennedy to stop grandstanding over budgets and lift this embargo.

"I know that in recent days both my party colleagues Anne Marie Fitzgerald and Declan McAleer have been in contact with Roads Service regarding this issue and have written to the local Divisional Roads manager to clarify this situation. Local people will bear the brunt of this embargo and this is completely unacceptable.