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Local representatives call for more street lights in Beragh

Published: 6 January, 2015

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Cllr Sean Donnelly at the junction of Laragh and Moylagh Roads, Beragh

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Cllr Sean Donnelly at the junction of Laragh and Moylagh Roads, Beragh

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer and Councillor Sean Donnelly have called on Roads Service to prioritise a street lighting scheme in Beragh. According to Mr Mc Aleer "There is strong local feeling that more lights are required on the Laragh Road to ensure the safety of local residents and people attending community events at St. Oliver Plunkett PS. These include dancing classes, school shows, Parents' Association meetings and many other after-school activities. The current light on the Laragh Road does not assist in any way with illuminating the road and footpath outside the school. Councillor Donnelly added "With regards to the Moylagh Road, street lighting is needed further out the road to light up the footpath outside Moylagh Meadows and also on the opposite side of the road where a new church is currently under construction. "As well as both roads suffering from a lack of lighting and creating risks for pedestrians, this will also impact on the proposed traffic calming scheme which is due to be implemented in Beragh. Roads Service advise that 'cushions' can only be placed under a street light. Therefore, on the Moylagh Road, the first 'cushion' is proposed well inside the beginning of the 30mph zone and after the entrances to the church, houses and Moylagh Meadows development. "Further street lighting on both roads may therefore allow 'cushions' to be placed further out and ensure that the proposed traffic calming scheme is more effective. Mr Mc Aleer concluded "I have raised these issues with Roads Service who agree that both roads would meet their criteria for the provision of additional street lighting but there is a funding embargo imposed on any extension of the current network. Given the health and safety implications and the impact on the wider traffic calming measures, I am calling on DRD to progress this scheme as a matter of priority".